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Confronting Inequity / A United Front on Equity

Matthew R. Kay – ASCD |

The world wants us to be brave. To use our classrooms to tackle centuries-old inequities, made even more complicated by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. In the best instances, we do this work of teaching in ways that advance equity while being supported by the communities we serve.

But for many people, the mere notion that education should destabilize racist, sexist, or homophobic power structures opens us up to accusations—from parents and community members—of “indoctrinating” our students. 

It is all well and good to ask teachers to be tough. But to ask us to be fearless in the face of serious pushback or threats is to deny our humanity. 

Matthew R. Kay teaches students English at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia