ESOF 2014: The Role of Education in Promoting Social Justice
Time and place:
Copenhagen, Denmark 23.06.2014 from 16:30 to 17:45
Kaisa Vaahtera +47 911 48 694
We will explore how neoliberal policies have influenced the role of education with regard to promoting social justice. Are the recent policies ignoring group rights in favour of individual rights? Do individual students need active and assertive parents in order to get the education they need? Issues to be discussed will include the impact of marketization and public accountability. What is the influence of frequent standardised testing and policies like school choice? How do policies influence the role of the school in furthering or hindering the marginalization of students? Is bullying, discrimination, racism, classism and sexism seen as a problem for individually targeted students or as a problem for all the members in the school community?
We will discuss common patterns as well as differences between countries with special focus on what kinds of systemic changes need to take place in order to maintain a focus on social justice in education.
Session organiser: Gunilla Holm, University of Helsinki
Moderator: Quentin Cooper, Freelance science broadcaster and writer