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ERIC Number: EJ866704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Why I Teach
Torres, Marco
Teaching Tolerance, n34 p16-17 Fall 2008
For educators, the fight for social justice does not necessarily begin with a Third World cause in another hemisphere but begins instead with the children they serve to empower every day in their classrooms. The author teaches because he believes that each person, at his or her core, carries a sense of justice, however shrouded. That sense of justice recognizes inequity, empathizes with human suffering, and provides everyone with the impulse to act on behalf of others and themselves. To teach for justice is to engage in one of the most fundamental human acts, for even the act of love cannot exist where injustice guides but one of its participants. Justice should exist as a worldwide web of support, ready to help everyone realize his or her life's purpose. The classroom with social justice at its core allows students the freedom to find and use their voices. When educators create justice in their classroom, their students are inspired to seek justice for others in the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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