As the nation begins to reckon with its racial past, it is now experiencing a backlash by some states implementing laws and policies that will target how civics education, controversial topics, and divisive issues will be discussed from kindergarten through higher education. From restrictions on the teaching of academic theories that analyze systemic racism to limiting other race-related discussions in the classroom, actions by these states pose not only a challenge and a danger to traditional academic freedom but also to the very definition of the role of education in a democratic society.
This issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy asks authors to contribute their thoughts on issues such as:
1. How should racism be appropriately addressed at different age levels and the college classroom? What social, historical, political, and cultural understandings should be brought to bear on the conversation? How do we defend the educational significance for the choices we make? How do we act in proactive ways to engage in such work so that we are not forced to be reactive?
2. How are we to understand the political nature of the attacks against theories like Critical Race Theory and other current political actions by states to restrict and censor discussions on race in order for us to counter them more effectively? What political dynamics and historical precedents are at play? Can incidents from the past illuminate a response today?
3. How should university professors prepare the next generation of teachers in confronting these issues?
4. What would it look like if a college of education took on the work of dismantling structural racism?
Deadline for manuscripts: February 15, 2022
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Call for papers: Journal of Educational Controversy