Social Justice

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Social Justice

Example Topic of Teaching through a Social Justice Lens

Social justice is equality on the basis of social and economic characteristics. Social justice aims to create equal opportunities for everyone, despite their race, class, sex, age, etc. Social justice is based off of previous thoughts, emotions, and conceptions about groups of individuals that are stigmatized or discriminated against and aids in treating everyone with equality rather than equity. Social injustice is aligned with the conformity to socialization, ableism, racism, classism, sexism, discrimination, privilege, power, and oppression.

Should Social Studies be taught through a social justice lens? Why or Why not?

Yes! Within a social studies class, a teachers covers topics that fall into 10 pre-determined themes. It is essential that teachers are teaching criteria in history, geography, etc. by creating equal learning opportunities for every student in the classroom. Each student brings a unique story into a classroom and teachers must strive to not offend or overlook the qualities their minds’ possesses. The classroom should be an inviting environment that is accepting of all thoughts and opinions. To clarify, teaching through a social justice lens should not place barriers on learning. Never should a student’s question go unanswered or a topic be pushed under the rug to avoid conflict. Yes, teachers should keep in mind the essentiality of social justice; however, at the same time, they must not limit the amount of knowledge a student seeks. As educators, it is our job to unveil counter-narratives. Teachers must educate themselves on the truths in social studies in order to properly educate their students. . Discussions will arise about race, privilege, etc. and instead of dissolving the discussion, educators need to highlight on the opportunity to develop an in-depth discussion along with the students.

Teaching Social Studies through a Social Justice Lens

WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE?

Women Who Shaped America’s HistoryWomen of America’s history are often overlooked or not brought up in discussion. Their impact on society is frequently overshadowed by white, male historical figures. In order to combat this issue in the classroom, I invite my students to explore the women of the 18th and 19th centuries who left markings in the writing of America’s history book. Although “Our Story” often overlooks these women and their contributions, I find it important to teach my students to be sociologically mindful and not settle to learn only about the privileged citizens of the past.

NC Social Studies Standards

3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities. 3.H.1.2 Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time. 3.H.2 Use historical thinking skills to understand the context of events, people and places. 3.H.2.1 Explain change over time through historical narratives. (events, people and places) 3.H.2.2 Explain how multiple perspectives are portrayed through historical narratives.


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