Is Social Justice Bad?

By Anthony Rebora — October 24, 2008 1 min read
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Doug Noon of Borderlands wonders how social justice teaching got such a bad name:

Inquiring into our history, sources of power in society, current events, and discussing race and stereotyping does not preclude observing high academic standards. And there’s nothing subversive about such discussions unless you admit that the moral order has already been undermined. I’m not interested in indoctrinating anyone. My only agenda is activating some gray matter, and acknowledging the value of participating in public discourse, none of which is emphasized in any official reform agenda.

Nancy Flanagan agrees:

Please deconstruct this for me, a child of the 1950s, who put her hand over her heart and said out loud,Bonfire_biberta_morguefile every day, in concert with my classmates, that I believed in “liberty and justice for all.” When did we start putting “social justice” in quotes?

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