Social Injustice and Cultural Identifier
Social Injustice and Cultural Identifier
Today there have been various major issues affecting the quality of education in k-12 public education. These issues have raised controversies in the school setting among learners and educators. And as a result of these controversies, it has been difficult to smooth running in school since there has been chaos among learners and educators. The research indicates that in most public schools today, these controversies across schools in the republic have been contributed by the lack of understanding and acceptance of multicultural identifiers that various individuals from different cultures hold (Anguelovski & Connolly, 2021). This research paper will focus on social injustice practices in schools that have harmed k-12 public education. This controversial research topic has caused a negative impact on the overall performance and led to conflicts among various individuals within the school settings. Incorporating and ensuring social justice within schools across the nations has been an issue due to a lack of understanding and acceptance of many cultural identifiers from individuals, i.e., learners and educators from different cultural backgrounds. Due to multicultural existence across the nation, ensuring social justice practices within schools has been a highly controversial topic on the rise and advocated by many who have been demanding equality within education schools.
Description of the controversial topic, its connection to cultural identifier and role of social justice
Many people have been demanding social justice for their students who receive social injustice from educators based on their cultural backgrounds. Research indicates that social injustice refers to the actions or actions that are taken in favor of a certain group and infringe on other groups’ constitutional rights, marginalizing their potential opportunities like getting an education that would empower them while seeking jobs in various sectors or treating then unfairly. Based on my research topic, discrimination in schools has been a major controversial issue that has affected many students in various institutions based on decisions made or the act of discrimination taken against certain students in k-12 public education institutions (Morgan, 2022). Students have been receiving discrimination in various education systems based on race, religion, gender, or sexuality. Based on these cultural identifiers, students have been equitably getting unfair distribution of learning resources (which include reading materials) and mistreatment. Discrimination is one of the controversial social injustices across many education settings affecting k-12 education, especially in public settings, since learners’ performance has deteriorated due to a lack of comfortable learning environments for easy understanding and internalizing educators’ concepts.
Summary of the controversial issue in context of k-12 education
Looking at k-12 public education today is sad across the nation because the fair distribution of resources and equitable treatment of learners does not always happen, a situation that has heavily affected entire performance in education. Upon researching the poor performance of learners in k-12 public education have realized that lack of equity, diversity, participation, and oppression of human rights have the main social injustice practices in schools affecting learners’ performance. Discrimination is the main focus of my controversial research topic is that it has greatly played in the lack of social justice in k-12 public education. It has contributed to all social injustice practices in all schools. This is because students have been discriminated against based on their race in many school settings (Morgan, 2022).
To acquire social justice in schools, principals/educators have been urged to ensure they lead and implement diversity in the school setting to avoid discrimination at all costs (Wells, 2019). Research indicates that educators have been urged to implement diversity within schools to avoid discrimination because they are only responsible individuals for improving performance in k-12 public education outcomes. Moreover, they have been urged to put more effort into ensuring social justice in schools, starting with the disadvantaged and marginalized groups. The interest to achieve social justice in schools has been shown by various researchers who have shown a growing interest in achieving social justice in various institutions to discourage discrimination practices affecting learners’ performance. However, it has recently been witnessed that social injustice in education discourages good performance and mainly focuses on injustice practices like discrimination, which has been a major problem for k-12 public education. As mentioned earlier, this controversial research topic aims to understand, comprehend and recognize social injustice in k-12 public education systems.
Scholarly statement towards the controversial issue in k-12 education and historical events that affected controversial topicResearch indicates that racial discrimination in k-12 public education has affected performance greatly. This is because racism or racial discrimination has been a major challenge in the education system since segregation has been unconstitutional in many public district schools. Many leaders, especially the Blacks, have been on the frontline pushing for change to achieve social justice for decades. There have been nationwide uprisings against brutality based on social injustice and a significant shift in racial discrimination that involves conversations and attitudes concerning or regarding racial inequalities across the United States Republic. There has been a great urge from the various leaders and allies to call upon communal support regardless of racial background and fight social injustice in school settings. This is because this controversial topic has contributed to a lack of engagement and involvement to contribute toward the perpetuation of the inequities and prevent many people from accessing education due to the fear of social injustice practices within schools, especially the Black, Indigenous, and people of the color. Therefore since racial discrimination in education has been termed as the root cause of all social injustice in the education system, school leaders, educators, communities, and all allies are required to work as a team and implement changes within the education system.
Future effects of social injustice in teaching practice and future students
Social injustice based on racial discrimination in k-12 public education will greatly affect the future teaching practices as well as the future students as well. This is because the notion or sense that all people in the society deserve fair, equal, and equitable rights and access to research will be lost. And as a result, many students will not be able to be taught particular subjects, especially language, especially the Blacks, because they shall be discriminated against. And as a result, social injustice will prevail in society which will breed conflicts (Zermeno, 2021). However, there are various ways to address social injustice based on racial discrimination. There is a need to address this controversial issue because education plays a critical role in society by empowering and acting as an equalizing tool that creates opportunities for many regardless of race. For instance, previous decades have seen student-led activism efforts, proving that schools are a powerful setting for confronting social injustice and encouraging transformation. Learning institutions have promoted activity-based learning to deal with problems of racism and gender discrimination, as well as other sociocultural elements that all lead to social injustice. Moreover, have also established forums and chances for discussion of common concerns, such as social injustice, through debates (Whitford & Emerson, 2019).
Policies formulated and implemented at local and district schools as a solution to social injustice.
Additionally, policies have been formulated to address the issue of social injustice in schools. For instance, a policy has advocated for equitable funding in education. This is because many public schools where the Blacks, Indigenous, and other non-Black learners attend their schools are under worse conditions that are a threat to their well-being. This policy has been implemented to ensure that all district schools are improved to facilitate a good learning environment since there are allocated funds for all public schools. Advocating for the termination of de-facto segregation through school and district boundaries is another policy that has been implemented. This is after the Brown v. Board of Education decision made that school segregation unconstitutional (Read, 2018). This policy has been implemented as a way of redesigning the school district and its surroundings to ensure that there is no racial segregation.
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