As a teacher I think it is important that we are always modeling for our students. This is true whether it be for how we want them to complete an activity or assignment or how we want them to behave in the classroom. I think this is also a responsibility of ours as educators to stand up against exclusion, prejudice, and injustice. If we model correct behavior on how to stand up to these issues I think it will help students realize it is an important duty of theirs as well. We can’t just tell students how to stand up against the inequalities we need to show them by doing it ourselves as well. “The primary goal of Social Justice Education is to prepare the students with knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to confront social inequality in society and promote equity within their sphere of influence” (Storms, 2013, p.33). The school district I work in has many students that come from poverty and from families that struggle with money. This school district is in an urban area. Poplin and Rivera (2005) state, “Teacher candidates need to study the principles, policies, and processes of schools achieving positive results with students of color and the poor” (p. 34). I think this is something my school district does very well. Students come to school and have the same opportunities as students at other schools that may have a wealthier population of students. Many students are provided free and reduced lunch and breakfast. Each student is provided their own ipad or chromebook for them to complete school work on. They are allowed to bring this device home as well. I have noticed that this helps with student engagement inside and outside of the classroom when it comes to completing activities. I think these types of things are so important for students to have access to, especially if they come from a poorer area. It allows for them to be successful in and outside of school.
Poplin, M., & Rivera, J. (2005). Merging Social Justice and Accountability: Educating Qualified and Effective Teachers. Theory Into Practice, 27-37.
Storms, S. (2013). Preparing Teachers for Social Justice Advocacy: Am I Walking My Talk?, 33-39.