As a teacher—specifically an elementary school teacher—it will be my job to stay up to date with everything going on not only in our country, but all over the world. Students of different cultures will be effected by things all over the place, therefore I need to ensure that I have an understanding of each and every one of their backgrounds. By doing so, I will then know how to approach teaching them day-by-day. Another reason I need to stay up to date, will be so I can answer any questions that my students may have with a completely unbiased opinion on the matter. Having an unbiased opinion on things happening will help my students understand that they need to make their own judgements, rather than following mine or their parents’.
Not only will I need to stay up to date, I will also need to understand my students’ cultural backgrounds enough to relate to them rather than insulting them. By understanding their cultures—ranging from religion to political views—I will be able to help my classroom as a whole understand as well.
With all of this being said, I think I am very responsible for integrating Social Justice in the classroom.