"You Must Accept Them and Accept Them With Love"--The Privileged Elite and the Struggle for Educational Justice

Carla Shalaby

Abstract


Working from the belief that a humanizing education for the privileged elite is a necessary element of the larger struggle for educational justice, this paper sketches a course for pre-service educators that seeks to model an active commitment to love. After defining love as a political act, I identify and explain three critical lessons in a loving pedagogy for privileged educators-in-training, using student work to anchor the ideas throughout. Ultimately, I argue that regardless of whom we teach, leveraging the power of love to resurrect the human being of our students should be the goal of any practice rooted in the struggle for educational justice.

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