Racial inequality and injustice have captured the world’s attention, however, most schools and districts seeking to “do something” are poised to fail (again) with equity implementation. Big time. Why?
A common cycle that schools and districts have repeated has led to what we have called a Dysfunctional Cycle of Equity Work. We argue that the cycle has four primary phases; experiencing a catalyst, committing to equity, fumbling around with implementation, and upholding the inequitable status quo until the next catalyst occurs.
What's missing is what we argue are the existence of concepts foundational to equity theories and approaches- belonging and dignity. These concepts explain the pervasiveness of educational inequality in American public education (and beyond), as well as provide a vision of justice in which we can work and, thus, break the Dysfunctional Cycle once and for all.
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Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity Chapter 01