Social justice in education takes two forms 🤓 The first is social justice in action and the level of equality within the actual education system 😎 When factors like wealth, gender and/or race determine what kind of education an individual can receive, that’s an example of social injustice. For the remainder of their lives, students who aren’t able to get an education as good or better than those with greater privileges will be left behind. They may lose their ability to make a living, which can impact access to good housing and healthcare. When the education system isn’t committed to providing equal opportunities and privileges, it negatively impacts a society both culturally and economically.
A social justice education is centered in democracy and the freedom to exercise one’s full humanity. The field of education is frequently viewed as the most equalizing profession. Conceptions of democracy and equity have been closely linked to it theoretically and practically. While there are some truths to the assertion, meritocracy can be flawed. This is especially true for those who come from economically marginalized backgrounds. It doesn’t automatically happen if you put in hard work and do well at school. mean that you will attain social mobility. Capitalism is a system that allows everyone to win, but many others lose. This holds true even if you come from an economically disadvantaged or working-class background. Modified by Sharon Bennet, Lodz (Poland), January 12, 2021
Nea.org also explains that social justice is about distributing resources fairly and treating all students equitably so that they feel safe and secure—physically and psychologically. Sadly, a look at schools across the nation makes it clear that fair distribution of resources and equitable treatment don’t always happen. Students in poorly-funded schools don’t have the technology, new books, or art and music programs that create a well-rounded education, while students in affluent areas have the latest academic resources, school counselors, librarians, and more to help them succeed. Schools can shine a light on social justice by integrating it into their curriculum. important societal issues—from the myriad reasons that lie beneath the deep disparity between the suspension rates of black and white Students will learn how the current U.S. immigration policy severs families and violates students’ rights. Five educators made it their mission to improve the quality of education and their professional lives by making sure that social justice was addressed at their schools. Dustie Osorio revised this article on April 21st 2020
Leonard Langford says that at thedaringenglishteacher.comThis was a situation that occurred in my class many years ago. While discussing Frederick Douglass’ speech What to the Slave of the Fourth of July, we also discussed his tone. Douglass’ tone was described as aggressive by one of my students. This moment was a learning moment. The group discussed race, stereotypes and the role of aggressiveness in a negative, stereotyped Black stereotype. Next, we talked about connotation as well as denotation. We also brainstormed a variety of tone words that weren’t racist. The student then changed the answer from passionate to enthusiastic after some discussion. Douglass spoke with passion. Revision by Emily H., Lille (France), November 24, 2021