Conference on Equity and Social Justice
Organization: Conference on Equity and Social Justice
|Event Date/Time: Mar 01, 2014|
Contemporary education reform movements have involved increasingly standardized and privatized attempts to control public institutions and the funds that support them. Top-down initiatives, coupled with mandates that drain budgets and strain resources, have been constricting the minds, bodies, and imaginations of educators and learners. But movements to resist are growing. Across the U.S., educators, students, parents, and scholars have been organizing against high-stakes standardized testing, common core curricula, public schools closings, and the general privatization of educational processes, practices, and sites. This organizing has taken a variety of forms, united diverse groups of constituents, and involved all levels of education. Education has always been a site of contestation, and the resistance to neoliberal educational “reform” is embedded within a long history of struggle over issues of educational access and purpose. At this year’s conference, we hope to address the history, current state, and potential promise of activism for social justice in education. Proposals that address such topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
- How are contemporary struggles for democratic education similar to and/or different from previous iterations?
- How can movements for liberatory, critical education link up with other social justice movements such as Idle No More, Right to the City, and other activism around disability, race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality?
- What approaches should social justice educators and activists take to support contemporary public and private education institutions? Is there space within the existing structures of these institutions for authentic reform?
- How can other disciplines (ex. geography, sciences, literature, mathematics) inform and move forward social justice educational theory and practice?
- How are efforts to achieve social justice and equity affected by the current reforms?
- What role can the arts and art education play in the struggle for social justice and equity in education?