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Social Justice

  • By: William C. Ayers
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Social justice is about a fairer, more just distribution of social wealth and power; it is as well about full human recognition and the disruption of the structures of nonrecognition or disrespect or mar-ginalization. Its goals are equity and democracy, awareness, social literacy, agency, engagement, and activism. Teaching for social justice might be thought of as a kind of popular educationof, by, and for the peoplesomething that lies at the heart of education in a democracy, education toward a more vital, more muscular democratic society. It can propel us toward action, away from complacency, reminding us as well of the powerful commitment, persistence, bravery, and triumphs of our justice-seeking forebearswomen and men who sought to build a world that worked for all human beings. Abolitionists, ...

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