ERIC Number: EJ1174506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Decolonizing School Systems: Racial Justice, Radical Healing, and Educational Equity inside Oakland Unified School District
Chatmon, Christopher P.; Watson, Vajra M.
Voices in Urban Education, n48 p7-12 2018
Educational spaces, like the rest of the nation's current policy arenas, have become a contentious terrain where ideological and political battles are fought and particular futures won. This article is written in the aftermath of the atrocity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in August 2017, where racism, racial rage, hate, violence, and death took center stage during a white supremacist rally at an institution of higher education. A month later, motions were set into play to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program--impacting the legal rights of children of immigrants to attend school. Oakland is also a battlefield. The innovative work of the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is part of a larger legacy to reimagine schooling as powerfully inclusive and unapologetically democratic. In this article, the authors offer a racial justice paradigm for other school systems struggling to move towards educational equity.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Equal Education, African American Students, Males, Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Racial Discrimination, Minority Group Students, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail: AISR_info@brown.edu; Web site: http://www.annenberginstitute.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Oakland)
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