"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Social Justice Teaching

From Inside Higher Ed:
By Thomas R. Tritton
What does a college president do after leaving the high intensity rigors of the job? One likely calling is the classroom, whence many of us came in the first place. So after a decade as president of Haverford College, I returned to the classroom at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Professor Judy McLaughlin — she one of the world’s experts on college presidents — created the unique position at Harvard of “President-in-Residence”. Each year Judy invites one of the newly departed to join the faculty, participate in a seminar on the broad topic of higher education, and teach a course of one’s own design. The usual courses a former president might teach — Theories of Leadership, Fundraising 101, Navigating Campus Politics — seemed too easy and too obvious. I decided instead to angle a different approach, an idea which morphed into: A710f: Social Justice in the Undergraduate Experience. You’ll find it right there in the Harvard catalogue. . . .
Read the rest, including the reading list and assignments.

1 comment:

  1. I can't think of a better course to be taught. I think it should be taught as an undergraduate requirement, particularly for education majors. I spent 34 years as a high school teacher and secondary school administrator. In my peer groups there was little understanding of the concept of social justice. I filed a lawsuit on sex discrimination in 1987, won in Federal District Court in 1990. As a result, I got my job as high school principal, but then the retaliation began and continued until I retired in 2001. When I challenged the retaliation, there was little or no support from peers - that's the "chilling" effect of retaliation. My website, www.plaintiffblues.com, describes those experiences and the book I wrote about them.

    I've started a blog to continue a conversation about education issues, civil rights, social justice and constitutional issues. Check it out and keep up the good work!