Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Welcome to the Wabash Center's blog series:
Teaching for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Blog/Vlog writers will address such questions as:

  • What methods and strategies are effective for teaching against Islamophobia?
  • How does one engage difficult questions about social justice in contemporary classrooms?
  • What have I learned about student learning as it relates to the topic?
  • What are important considerations when designing courses and teaching in relation to questions of social justice and civic engagement?
  • How are faculty able to engage in questions of student formation as they intersect social justice and civic engagement? 
  • What fosters or impedes student learning for social justice and civic engagement?
  • What discoveries have you made as a teacher about the issues you routinely face in teaching for social justice and civic engagement?

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I am an activist educator. What this means is that I strive for justice both in and outside the classroom. I utilize critical or liberatory pedagogies as my theoretical bases. As Brazilian educator Paulo Freire said, liberatory pedagogy involves linking the word with the world. In my thirty-three years of ...

At the heart of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy is the dictum of “reading the word and reading the world.” As a literacy specialist who worked with Brazilian peasants, Freire learned from these students the necessity of making the connection with their lived experience. Teaching for social change takes participants ...

When I was writing this post, an American congressional representative is being criticized for Islamophobic remarks about a fellow member of Congress in what is just the latest example of anti-Muslim sentiment in American culture. In a widely publicized video, Colorado representative Lauren Boebert claims that she had a chance ...

Having practiced on my first-year students for a few years [Race in the Classroom #1   Race in the Classroom #2], I felt brave enough to add several readings on race at once to my junior level course, Is God Dead? It was a good time to do it because I was revising ...

Talking about race in the classroom makes me nervous. What if a white student says something awful and I don’t know how to handle it? What if I don’t know the facts? What if something blows up and I end up in big trouble? And isn’t it ...

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