Lack of Sympathy in Social Justice Oriented Education – Harpreet Parhar | The OC for Social Studies

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies | Track Talk: The power of narrative

The Lack of Sympathy in Social Justice Oriented Education

Scaffolding discussions around racial equity is something that numerous schools around the US have made the conscious effort to invest in. The need for these conversations has become extremely apparent and has been prioritized due to the discrimination that people of color are facing. However, there is something missing. Schools remain stagnant in their journey towards achieving equity and shifting the racist cultures of their schools. In order to truly make change, we need our educators to have sympathy towards their students of color so that they can truly feel the urgency for need of change. Through stories, we can break barriers and create the human connection we so desperately need.

About Harpreet
As a member of the SPS race and equity team, member of OSPI’s Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee, and teacher at Ballard High School, I have developed a social justice oriented pedagogy that is committed to equitable education. I believe that an important step towards much needed change, is to share our voices through our stories.

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies
August 5-7, 2020

We’re all exploring ways to ensure our students’ learning – and our own – continues to advance. Our new professional development conference for social studies can help meet those needs.


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