FROM A STUDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
In the following essay, a college student in a teacher education program discusses some of the realities in working for social justice as a future teacher. She shares her experiences both in her academic program, and in forming a student action group following a discussion and book seminar with author Jonathan Kozol.
Teachers change lives. This is one of the reasons I chose to become one. Another reason I chose the teaching profession was due to my phenomenal experience in high school as a peer tutor in a life skills setting. Witnessing the growth of students through the course of a year and the changes their teacher made in their lives also changed mine and directly influenced my career aspirations. After this life-changing experience, I applied to Western Washington University due to their highly esteemed teacher preparation program and was admitted, thus beginning my professional development in the field of special education.
"Keeping the Passion Alive: The Realities of Social Justice,"
Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 2
, Article 23.
Available at: http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol2/iss1/23