How many times have you heard a child say ''that's not fair" and responded with "well, life's not always fair!'' While unfairness is sometimes part of life, it can also signal a greater issue in society that is the abuse of one's social justice rights.
The term social justice can be interpreted in many ways, but the Oxford Dictionary provides a good starting point by defining the term as: “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” Social justice issues affect people all over the world and can occur on a larger scale within a country, city, or town, and on a smaller scale within a school, neighborhood, or home. Social injustices arise when a person, people, or groups of people are treated unfairly, strictly based upon a certain characteristic of the person or group of people.
The goal of social justice learning is to achieve a better understanding of others’ experiences with the hopes of achieving a more equitable and quality society for all peoples, while also meeting their needs. Along those lines, WILL Education has created this space to provide educational resources and materials that can help guide children, families, and educators in exploring critical conversations about race/ethnicity, national origin, mental/physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression.
Below you will find three learning levels—early childhood, adolescent, and adult—each featuring videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles.
Today's Lesson: Race, Racism, Bias, and Privilege in America
We understand conversations about race and racism in our society can be difficult to have at all ages. We believe we must work together as a community to ensure we no longer demonstrate, teach, or tolerate racism in our society. That's why we've created a hub for educational resources for all learning levels that will inspire and guide these critical conversations. We believe by beginning with our littlest ones and continuing that work throughout adulthood, we can keep the conversations, the learning, and the societal shift going to ensure a lifelong impact.