Social Justice

 

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.

References:

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.

3 thoughts on “Social Justice”

  1. I think you made a great point when you said that we cannot just tell students how to stand up to injustices, we also have to model these actions for them. I agree that it is very important for educators to model appropriate behaviors for their students. I also agree that it is critical for educators to model taking actions promoting social justice, in order to show students how it is done, and also to display the importance of doing it. To ensure that students understand how to create social change and stand up to inequalities, I think it is important that we don’t just model these actions for student, but we also get them actively involved in the actions. To teach students that they are capable of making a difference, I think we should provide them with opportunities to practice standing up to inequalities, and promoting social justice in their school and community.

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  2. You make a great point that we are always modeling behaviors and skills for our students. I think it is also important that we model attitudes for them as well. The things we discuss passionately with them and take a stance on will encourage them to engage in and take a stance on as well. You also mentioned getting students to stand up to inequalities and promote social justice in their community. I wonder if the students recognize the efforts your school district have made to provide them the same opportunities that wealthier districts receive? I think providing them with specific examples and projects of social justice that they can relate to would set a strong example for them.

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  3. I agree that it is great of your school to promote social justice and equal opportunities for your students despite their socio- economic backgrounds. “Providing equal educational opportunities regardless of socio-economic status is vital to our nation’s economic well-being as well as to the future of our democracy. ” (Wolff, n.d.) Many districts are reorganizing funding to provide tools and resources to their student to ensure they can be given the same academic opportunities. When low income students are also in low performing schools, the educators need to do what they can to bridge that gap.

    Wolff, J. (n.d.). Fair School Funding and Equal Opportunities. Retrieved from http://dreamofanation.org/img/Campaign-for-Education-Equity.pdf

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