By Kevin Kumashiro
Drawing on his personal event instructing assorted grades and topics, Kevin Kumashiro examines features of educating and studying towards social justice, and indicates concrete implications for K-12 lecturers and instructor educators.
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In contrast to N’s short story, N’s essays seemed 20 y Against Common Sense like last-minute efforts: They were often short and riddled with careless errors and undeveloped ideas. Once, I devoted an entire class period to discussing one particularly signiﬁcant moment in a novel we were reading. Having posed the overarching question that I wanted us to discuss, I proceeded to ask a range of prodding questions, wrote ideas they brainstormed on the board, and drew a diagram that their responses seemed to suggest.
Nonetheless, there were consistencies. Many programs constructed their curricula in a scaffolded way, where there was some sense of progression from foundational knowledge to advanced knowledge. All programs required some blending of theory with practical experience, ranging from observations of others in earlier coursework to reﬂections on one’s own teaching in methods courses. Almost no program made central use of readings and assignments on anti-oppressive methods that focused on differences, equity, power, and oppression.
I was a teacher who wanted to have control over the classroom. For me, M’s behavior was a sign that I was not being an effective teacher, that I was not reaching M, and therefore that M was not learning and becoming the kind of student that I desired. I remember leaving school that day feeling exhausted and slightly embarrassed when I ran into the teacher whose classroom was nearest the playground. She did not mention my outburst, but she did say that it sounded as though I had had a hard day. No kidding.