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Teaching Transgender Studies in Turbulent Times

In Australia, Britain and the USA, transgender rights are at the centre of political battlegrounds over the right of citizens to bodily autonomy, recognition, and access to medical care. In all three countries, debates over trans rights have been positioned in relationship to the right to discriminate on the grounds of religion, and the need …

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The Politics of Education in Ancient and Modern Times

Education assumes multiple forms and inhabits various contexts. Not only does it fluctuate from society to society, but even within a single society or social group its form and function can diverge widely. Such variance stems from multiple factors – the interests and powers of the state, the values and preferences of the populace, special …

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Educational Policies in Postcolonial India – Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges

Introduction The importance of education in social and economic development requires little persuasion. Education facilitates knowledge and skills, widens and sharpens the mind and contributes to individual as well as social development (Menon 1984). The nature of education and its benefits in enhancing economic and social welfare across society elevates it to the status of …

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Learning from the American Evolution Wars

“Evolution is not a peripheral subject but the central organizing principle of all biological science,” explained the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, reacting to a 1999 decision by the Kansas state board of education to downplay evolution in the state’s science standards, the ultimate source of guidance for Kansas’s public school science teachers. “No one …

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Environmental Education and the Problem of Privilege

As a white, North American environmental educator, I frequently find myself sheltering a dirty little secret. It’s this: environmentalism, especially in the U.S., suffers from a host of privilege problems. Teaching environmentalism without anti-racism is a little like teaching social justice without hope: you’ll get nowhere if you skirt questions of legacy and responsibility. Instead, …

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Education: Sometimes We Should Feel Uncomfortable

People A social studies teacher is fired for stating that white privilege is an established fact in his “Contemporary Issues” class and for showing a poetry performance by a Black woman. An English high school teacher is fired after parents complained about her reading and writing assignments on an award-winning young adult novel in her …

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Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic: Reflections on the Digital in University Education in India

Introduction (Chaise LaDousa): Global media reported on the COVID-19 pandemic in India, focusing on infrastructural dynamics in the health care system, patterns of migrant labor, and inequities in society more generally. The plight of teachers and students was less visible. One of the most common responses to the pandemic worldwide was to switch to online …

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Banking Style Education and the Issue of Hierarchy in Decolonising British Higher Education

From the colonial roots of the rise of higher educational institutes to the banking style teaching methods that defer authority to a highly gate-kept few and the propaganda laden curriculums, universities have long been one branch of a multi-institutional oppressive system. However, movements such as Black Lives Matter have been raising public awareness of institutional …

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Debrahminizing Education and Critical Caste Studies

Education is vital for the betterment of humanity. Societies with oral or/and written traditions have relied on individual self-education and collective inter-generational education to preserve themselves and enrich the lives of their members over time and space. However, we need to be aware that many societies have perpetuated privileged and un-privileged forms of education, more …

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Removing Truth from the Classroom: Student Response to the South Carolina Anti-Truth Bill

As someone who has been a student in South Carolina for the past eighteen or so years, the future of the K-12 education within the state is something I care deeply about. More specifically, I am concerned about the education of the next generation, what lessons they are being taught, and how this will impact …

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