Schalin discusses the philosophical roots of the teaching for social justice. Analyzing the the writings of William Ayers and Paolo Freire, he shows how this method of teaching "is not intended to provide useful skills, or open young eyes to appreciate culture or the mysteries of the physical universe. It is to convert and to prepare a new generation for the coming...
Education and Social Justice
As has been mentioned numerous times before, the American education system has undergone major changes in the past fifty years as the principles of teacher-directed education have gradually given way to student-centered learning philosophies. Although seemingly recent, the changes that have occurred in the classroom were actually initiated many years before in the classrooms of education schools. The training that occurs in these education schools has a great influence on the social, cultural, and intellectual path that a nation will choose, and due to this fact, it is important to understand what exactly our nation’s education schools are instilling in the minds of our future teachers. The “latest and greatest” education philosophy that education schools are pushing is the central focus of this library section: social justice education.
Social justice education is also commonly referred to as “critical pedagogy.” Although its ambiguous titles suggest virtuous American ideals such as truth and justice, its core principles revolve around a pervasive Marxist ideology. Championed by men such as Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux, and William Ayers, critical pedagogy seeks to turn students into activists with an anti-capitalist mindset. Education schools are increasingly promoting this idea among their students by encouraging them to reject their “privileged” status, recognize their own racial biases, and focus on the “oppressed” facets of society. Today’s elementary and secondary classrooms are beginning to reflect these ideologies. As a result, American schools are slowly moving away from their old purpose of instilling academic skills and factual knowledge in children and toward a lopsided political indoctrination.
In order to better understand the many components of social justice education, it is helpful to return to the source and study the ideas of the original proponents of critical pedagogy. Due to this fact, this library section includes a variety of books, primary documents, and links to resources authored by those who encourage an American education system where critical pedagogy is front and center. However, this section also offers a variety of pieces and articles which challenge the core principles of social justice education, and as such encourage an education system that offers facts instead of politicized theories in its classrooms.
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