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ERIC Number: EJ926793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
The Uncompromised Curriculum: Videos of Teachers Teaching Social Justice Issues
Sonu, Debbie
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v23 n4 p27-28 Mar-Apr 2011
Despite pressures to narrow the curriculum and focus only on testing, there are teachers who continue to work social justice issues into their elementary lessons through the subject of social studies. These teachers speak of education as an instrument for the public good. In this day and age, it can be hard to find teachers with such determination. After months of scouring teacher-created websites and contacting colleagues, the author came up with very few examples. She set out to videograph three New York City school teachers in their effort to bring topics of immigration, child labor, and discrimination into the elementary classroom. The result was three short videos, posted online at, which show the extraordinary work of three elementary school teachers as they broach topics of social justice in hopes of cultivating a more aware and compassionate citizenry. For educators who might feel intimidated by pressures to compromise the social studies curriculum, these vignettes reveal the creative possibilities and the depth at which teachers can engage important social issues with young children. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York