I guess I’m especially aware of teaching dilemmas lately. Perhaps it’s a function of age — or the age we’re in. Anyway, here’s one that’s on my mind now.

I work with students on four restorative justice teams at a high school with a high proportion of low income students — about two thirds Mexican American and one third African American. But put aside the race relationships for a moment and consider another divide: In discussing conditions in the school the stronger, more learning-oriented students view their less engaged peers as simply not caring. “They just don’t take advantage of…

Civic Action in Schools

By Steve Zemelman, Director, IL Writing Project; author, “From Inquiry to Action;” co-author, “Subjects Matter” & “Best Practice;” Restorative Justice advisor

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