• 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
Chapter 1: What Is White Privolege?
What Is White Privolege?
Piercing the Fog of Privilege
The saying that a fish doesn’t know it’s wet implies that most of us take our lived circumstances to be the norm. That is one explanation for why so many of us live in a fog of privilege. It is not until something happens, someone says something, or something seems out of kilter that we begin to consider that there might be another reality, condition, or set of experiences that do not align with ours. The story that follows is a story in which a number of circumstances and people came together and served as a wake-up call, a piercing of the fog that enveloped an experienced, earnest educator. This anecdote ...