Can we design a curriculum around the ideals of equity and social justice?
Curriculum for Equity is an experiment. The aims are to…
- …promote learning and collaboration around the ideals of equity and social justice
- …explore the role of education (formal and informal) in achieving equity and social justice
- …connect educators, researchers, other experts and organisations across the world so that they can share their knowledge and experiences
The CfE website is a collaborative blogging platform, meaning posts can be written by many contributors. The website was created by Gary Walsh – an educational facilitator, researcher and consultant with a background in values, citizenship and character development. If you would like to contact Gary please click here.
What does Curriculum for Equity mean?
If curriculum refers to a body of knowledge, and equity refers to the quality of being fair, just and inclusive, then…
Curriculum for Equity is a developing body of knowledge that supports educators, researchers and others in their efforts to help create a fair, just and inclusive world.
(The definitions above are, of course, debatable and will almost certainly evolve over time).
The intention of Curriculum for Equity is not to focus solely on issues of pedagogy and assessment, although of course these will be discussed along the way. It is not intended to become a ‘tips for teachers’ website. The idea instead is that Curriculum for Equity provides an opportunity to learn about the broader contextual issues that should inform policy and practice: poverty, privilege, power, identities, economic and political issues, globalisation, neoliberalism, local community contexts, to name a few. This is in recognition of research findings that show “around 80% of the difference in how well children do at school is dependent on what happens outside the school gates.” (Rasbash et al 2010 cited in Too Young to Fail – Save the Children).
It is also an opportunity to explore the ‘human’ side of equity. It can be a platform to tell stories, ask questions, share examples of practices that work or don’t work and to discuss relevant values such as trust, reciprocity, solidarity and democracy.
If you have made it to the end of this page you probably care about education, children and young people, and you are probably frustrated by the inequity and lack of social justice that impact people of all ages across the world everyday.
This website is a small attempt to try and do something about it. Please use it in whatever way you find useful, creative and interesting.
Complete the contact form if you would like to get involved as a blogger
Created and edited by Gary Walsh FRSA MSc