Teaching and Social Justice
Date posted: February 20, 2018
Today is World Day of Social Justice.
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Do you embed social justice issues in your work with students? Here are a few online resources that can help:
- 24 Books That Teach About Social Justice
- The Change Agent is a biannual adult education magazine for social justice. For its 20th anniversary, The Change Agent created a series of free lesson packets on a variety of themes, including facing racism, taking action at work, and making sense of extreme inequality.
- Making Space: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice throughout the K-12 Curriculum is designed to help BC teachers embed and awareness of diversity and social justice in virtually every subject area.
- Rethinking Schools is a publisher with a focus on equity and social justice in public school teaching. It produces books and magazines for teachers, and many of the articles in the magazine are available for free online. It also has an informative blog.
- Teaching Tolerance is a website with classroom resources and professional development focused on diversity, equity and justice. A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, it offers an award-winning free magazine.
Here are a few other resources on social justice available in the Decoda Library:
- Math that matters: a teacher resource linking math and social justice
- Our Difficult Sunlight: a guide to poetry, literacy, & social justice in classroom & community
- Rethinking Early Childhood Education
- Rethinking Mathematics: teaching social justice by the numbers
- Through the Lens of Social Justice: using The Change Agent in adult education
To borrow any of these resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org .