What I Know Now About Social Justice

This semester, I’ve learned so much about social justice, both in and out of the classroom.  Through classroom discussion and the two projects, I’ve learned more than I ever thought I could about social justice.  I’m so glad that I chose the trade book that I did, because much of what I’ve learned this semester comes from what Jo Boaler wrote about in “What’s Math Got to do with it?”  I’ve learned that textbooks and standardized testing are discriminatory towards minority and low-achieving students, that stereotypes, whether they’re perceived or real, can strongly impact a student’s performance, and that society is often confused about racism and discrimination as a whole.  Overall, I’ve learned that you can never stop learning about social justice, both personally and professionally.  It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re not careful it is very easy to hurt someone, so you need to make every effort to be conscious of the social justice in your life.

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