Agents of Change and Reform

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa

I believe that every classroom should be centered around the themes of social justice and empathy.  These two topics are participatory; they cannot be learned solely from the pages of a book nor from a how-to instructional video on the internet, students must apply themselves if they seek to understand what it means to be empathetic and socially just.  Through this focus on social justice and empathy, classrooms strive to encourage the equality of all individuals and often give a voice to those who are usually silent.

A classroom lacking the aspects of social justice and empathy could have dire consequences on our society.  Since students spend much of their time in the presence of teachers, it is our duty to inform our students about the harsh realities of the world.  It is also our duty to inspire our students to be the change that the world needs to see by developing their understandings of social justice and empathy.  This can be accomplished by providing our students with the tools they will need when facing those harsh realities on their own, such as critical thinking, perspective taking, and the ability to rationalize to name a few.

My goal is to base classroom curriculum on a foundation of social justice and empathy as a way of insuring that students understand the importance of these two subjects.  By providing the tools necessary along with this solid foundation, students can better interpret the world while also being able to better reflect on the self.


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