Cynthia is a recent graduate, she earned her Masters in Learning and Teaching.
Educational justice means giving every child the opportunity to succeed and to receive the best education regardless of their heritage, ethnicity, socio-economic background, or place of birth. Sometimes teachers are quick to make judgments and label a student because they do not have certain qualities that we associate with success. In order to promote educational justice we must first acknowledge that it is wrong to hold against students certain life situations. These can include having parents that do not speak English, being unable to afford a tutor, or not having a quiet place to study at home. It is important that educators try to be empathic towards their students.
Another aspect of justice is stepping outside your own shoes and trying to understand the perspectives of others. Diverse perspectives enriches empathy for others. When you ask for respect, you must first give respect. When we pay attention to the experience and viewpoint of those different than us, we build bridges.
Being a role-model for our students is important if we want to aspire to “be the change you want to see in the world.” We should teach with actions and not with just words. If you want to be a positive agent for change, you must model that change. To have a positive influence on children, you must form a connection with them. This connection will allow you to impact their future by leading them towards good life choices.