Time to consider home-schooling: Social activism in the classroom

A southern Alberta activist for human rights and professor shared the gains and pitfalls of social justice activism with teachers at the Lethbridge Lodge on Friday. Darren Lund, a professor at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Social Studies Conference sponsored by the Alberta Teachers’ Association social studies council.

Lund has been an activist for social justice and acceptance of diversity for almost 30 years. Some of his research and teaching involve anti-racism, anti-homophobia and anti-oppression initiatives in schools and communities.

Activism wasn’t something that was encouraged when he was growing up, Lund said. When he was a teacher at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer, he was inspired by his students’ passion for change, taking on issues of racism, sexism and homophobia.

“I realized these are issues that affect all of us,” said Lund. “They really are worth fighting for and they’re worth taking action to make some positive social change”…

So school is now a place to push leftist propaganda? No wonder the universities are in the sad shape that they are.

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