Although they come from very different backgrounds and approaches, all of the authors we read in this course address issues such as community, the culture of power, inequity, and social justice. As part of our continued gathering of context/background information, please perform the following informal research on some of the community issues/experiences that impact the community partner with whom we are working. Please read the assigned reading in our course text AND at least 2-3 other linked readings in order to participate fully and critically in this week’s discussion thread.
Reading Spotlight #1
In Billings and Tate’s article “Toward a Critical Race Theory of Education,” they posit three ideas on page 48:
- Race continues to be a significant factor in determining inequity in the U.S.
- U.S. society is based on property rights
- The intersection of race and property create an analytic tool through which we can understand social (and consequently, school) inequity.
STEP 1: Read and Connect
As a starting point for gathering your thoughts and questions, consider the following as you read:
- What is your most significant learning from these readings and why?
- How have these readings (or one reading in particular) impacted your understanding
(personal view) of educational equity and the big picture?
- How might you integrate this learning into your approach at the community partner
site and/or in class?
- What questions have arisen or remain unanswered as a result of this reading?
STEP 2: SHARE
Then, develop a question or highlight a specific text or intersection between texts to get the conversation going.