When I think about today's society, it seems that the goal of education is for children to grow and get a job to support themselves and the economy. What if the goal was expanded to raise a new generation, capable of healing the wounds that inflict our communities? Racism, poverty, climate change, violence, food insecurity... What if the goal of education was for students to use their intellectual gifts, their character strengths, their deep appreciation for diversity and their study of justice to work within their communities and solve societal challenges that bring authentic healing?
ACTION: Social Justice Standards
Action 16. Students will express empathy when people are excluded or mistreated because of their identities and concern when they themselves experience bias.
Action 17. Students will recognize their own responsibility to stand up to exclusion, prejudice and injustice.
Action 18. Students will speak up with courage and respect when they or someone else has been hurt or wronged by bias.
Action 19. Students will make principled decisions about when and how to take a stand against bias and injustice in their everyday lives and will do so despite negative peer or group pressure.
Action 20. Students will plan and carry out collective action against bias and injustice in the world and will evaluate what strategies are most effective.
Nonfiction narrative: Cause & Effect, Figurative Language, Sequencing, SummarizingPerspective: Pakistani
Nonfiction Narrative: Main idea & details, relationship between eventsPerspective: Diversity
Nonfiction Narrative: Figurative Language, Theme, Author's ReasonsPerspective: Indigenous
Nonfiction Narrative: Sequencing, Story Elements, Steps in a Procedure, Emergent Reader StrategiesPerspective: Social Action in an Urban neighborhood
Fiction: Character Analysis, Problem Solution, Sequencing, ThemePerspective: Black American
Fiction: Story Structure, Visual literacy, Perspective: Immigrant
Fiction: Problem/SolutionPerspective: Ghana, Black American
Non-Fiction: Text StructuresPerspective: Indigenous People
This resource helps teachers and parents find books that inspire conversations with children that affirm their lived experiences, encourage a genuine curiosity and love for diversity and inspire them to identify solutions to solve problems in their communities.
If this is your first time hearing about the Social Justice Standards, learn more here.