What are your experiences with Germanic heritage projects or papers in your educational experience?

In primary school, the teacher asked all of us to relate our ancestry and a family tree, if possible. I was told back in 1991, that we are of Viking origins and the supposed etymology of our surname, but didn't know the full details of its meaning (peaceful village) and which nation of Scandinavians (Swedes) and when (11th century) they came up with it, in Jorvik in the Danelaw, until 10 years ago (2008). My grandfather gave me the general idea to work with, but I had to go through many twists and turns to figure out the details.

In secondary school in 1998, I wrote a paper on Nydam in Sundeved and Thorsberg in Angeln, with their context in the ancient world of the Angles, although those places subsequently spoke Jutish rather than Frisian. This helped me reconcile my understanding of England as a place in Britain with her origins distinct from the Welsh, but having ancestry in particular from what was called the Danelaw (3/4) and Kent (1/4). Of course, I didn't reveal that I had a personal motive to choosing the content of my report, but it was certainly worth it for me. I sure wasn't going to make a project about any slavery or holocaust guilt trip. I was going to cherish much of my Jutish heritage, not somebody else's Jüdisch blood, LOL. It has been periodically aggravating when I see the similarity and possible confusion for some people unfamiliar with demographics.