• 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 4: Dealing With Avoidance, Guilt, Feelings of Inadequacy, and Misunderstanding
Dealing With Avoidance, Guilt, Feelings of Inadequacy, and Misunderstanding
So far, we have looked at three key ideas associated with becoming an ally in the battle for social justice.
- First, those in privileged positions take their privilege for granted and live in a fog that makes it difficult for them to see what is going on in the lives of those who do not share their privilege.
- Second, developing a literacy of social justice terms and concepts, which can and should be used to think through and critically question educational policy and procedures, is an extremely important step to becoming an ally.
- Third, potential allies become more and more effective once they grasp the ways in which power, ...