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ERIC Number: EJ913324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
A Call for K-12 Schools to Invest in Social Justice Education
Murray, Olivia
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n5 p60-64 Jan 2011
Learning to consider the experiences and perspectives of those who are marginalized is difficult for members of a dominant group who have not encountered similar obstacles. According to the National Center for Education Information, student populations continue to be characterized by diversity while more than 90% of teachers are mostly white, middle class, and from non-urban backgrounds. Comprehending this paradox is important if teachers are to confront the social and psychological influences of the -isms that affect society and schools. In this article, the author explores the responsibility of individual schools that presently ignore and deny the multicultural facets of a typically diverse classroom. The three-fold approach she suggests schools adopt includes an on-going dialogue among staff that helps each person see beyond their own perspective, creating a schoolwide team committed to educating others about relevant issues of equity and social justice, and fostering an intimate relationship with the school community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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