Religion and socioeconomic class: equality and
Is the view that people, groups and institutions that achieve
success do so because they are “superior”.
How is the determination of “superiority” made?
o Because they choose success
Should teachers be concerned about this?
o Why or why not?
o System privileges those who are already successful
“All success is deserved”, the person who is not
successful did not even get a chance
Consider the case of Kimberly Rogers. How does thinking in terms of
“welfare fraud” frame her actions? What other ways might there be to
think about her actions? (Hint: equity and diversity and education)?
Stereotype that people who get loan and assistance are “lazy
Given this reframing, might there have been better responses to Ms.
She wanted to get out and pursue happiness and improve her
success in life
Point of connection: Can you draw a comparison between what Ms.
Rogers did and the recent news stories about teachers and students
caught cheating on EQAO tests? Focus: using dictionaries defined as
cheating by the EQAO
Do private or specialized (eg. Charter) schools that lean in
particular directions – black-focused; girls- or boys-only;
religious; arts-focused – work toward the goal of equity? Yes
o No equity so created to meet those needs
o Lower chance in success, help even them out
o Help those who have learning disabilities and disability
o More power and self-esteem and confidence
- “race”, created because students felt left out - train children for the real world by building up their confidence
summary: exposure to the world in a charter school doesn’t mean
theywill only learn from that school but there are also other
o Real world does not have everything divided
o Lack of exposure for other religion, races, gendre, etc
o When you are constantly separated, how do you relate
with the students
o Stereotypes will arise that “it is
o Narrow mindedness, might think themselves as superior
o can separate students from the communities
o children are limited so we need to help show that
children have options
o Only exposed to limited things / “narrow minded”
we as educators, we have a job to prepare children for the
real world, breaking barriers of cultures, language and
human endeavour is to break down barriers to have everyone
connected, and in order to connect we believe that separating
students to limitation does not prepare students for the real
Democracy, Equality, Diversity
RE: Murray Smith (The poor will always be with us)
What is the significance of Smith’s point that for most of human
history communities have been organized in terms of “aform of
communism” and that the transition to a class society