I want an inherited ruby class to 'know' its class name via a class method. This is best illustrated by a contrived example:
class Child < Parent
#No code should be needed.
A Class Method is a method where the CLASS is the receiver, so to find the object upon which the method is invoked (what you appear to be trying to do here) simply inspect the value of
class Parent def self.whoami self end end class Child < Parent end puts Parent.whoami #=> Parent puts Child.whoami #=> Child