Integrating Social Justice in the Classroom

Great review of your experience. I appreciate the fact that you indicated that race does NOT just refer to color; however, it goes deeper than that, and includes many more things as you indicated in your piece. Although we are facing a terrible time in today’s society, your stance regarding the welcoming and engaging environment in which your participated in was a nice change of pace when it comes to the discussion of integrating social justice and teaching appropriately within our classrooms. Unfortunately we are not where we want to be regarding this subject, but with more open and engaging discussions-speaking about the issues-and not running or hiding from them; then maybe, one day we as a society will get to there we should be.

Teaching with Social Justice in Mind

This week, I had the opportunity to attend the Divided State of America discussion forum. Before attending this event, I was expecting to listen to a speaker lecture about the current state of our country. Instead, I stepped into a wonderful environment that fostered growth and discussion for people of all races, genders, and ages. I think it is important to note that diversity does not just refer to race; instead, it can include gender, age, socioeconomic status, upbringing, and more. The fact that we were able to gather as a group of very diverse people and have a very honest and productive discussion about problems in our society was incredible. Though there was the potential for disagreement, I never felt unsafe or afraid to share my opinion. I was able to participate in discussion with the other members of my table, and we all participated in a room-wide discussion…

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