• Written with the express purpose of filling the gap that exists between educators’ desire to address injustice and the attitudes and skill sets required to be effective in this arena. . It of helping educators to become effective allies in the struggle for educational equity and social justice. • Takes an assets-based approach by underscoring the assumption that educators are predisposed to becoming powerful allies for social justice by virtue of their dispositions, professional preparation, and role-associated standing • Includes a variety of powerful vignettes that illustrates how school environments address the myriad forms of injustice experienced by those on the margins • Includes thought provoking activities suitable for use in multiple professional learning settings

The Many Faces of Activism in Action

15 the many faces of activism in action

When I first moved to Canada, I was often amazed at the number of times I heard Canadians use the term social contract, their shorthand for society considering and promoting the common good. And they are serious about it, too.

The Social Contract and Allies

My first spring in Montreal, there was widespread university student unrest over proposed tuition hikes (tuition throughout Canada is shockingly low, at least from an American perspective). One day I caught a call-in radio show devoted to the student unrest. A woman who identified herself as retired called in. Oh boy, I thought. Here it comes. I expected to hear: I am on a fixed income. Why ...

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