Education As an Agent of Change: A Racial Justice Reading List & Resource Guide by Ann Marie Patitucci

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3 years ago

Education As an Agent of Change: A Racial Justice Reading List & Resource Guide

I’ve been in education for over 20 years. I am a firm believer that education can be an agent of change and that educators have the power to be change agents. However, education can happen outside of a school. We can learn and grow and change wherever we find ourselves, if we’re willing.

I’ve seen ample expressions of outrage about racial injustice on social media, and understandably so. But outrage without action tends to fall flat. Outrage alone doesn’t result in change. This is where education comes in. Lately I’ve noticed many people genuinely trying to educate themselves and their kids. In fact, the top 10 non-fiction books on the recent New York Times best sellers list are about race and racism. This gives me hope. Let’s teach ourselves, and our kids, about racial injustice and white privilege. Let’s teach them about social justice and how we can all be agents of change.

First, we must listen and learn. If you would like to educate yourself and your family about racism, anti-racism, white privilege, colorblindness, diverse kids’ books and more, please see the list below. You’ll find articles and books to read, websites to visit and videos to watch. If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask someone. No one should be ashamed of (or shamed for) not knowing something and wanting to learn.

We can turn our outrage into education. With education we will be better prepared to share knowledge with others, to be agents of change. We all have the power to be change agents; we just have to be willing to do the (home)work.

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Elisa Schmitz
This is wonderful, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead , and so are you. I really appreciate the time you spent putting together these resources. What a great place to start for all those who want to listen and learn and educate themselves. It's never too late. Thank you for all you do and share with us. You are an excellent role model!
I love that sign: "I'm sorry I'm late, I had a lot to learn." Isn't that the truth for so many. Great post, thanks.
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