Foreword by: Carol D. Lee
Publication Date: July 30, 2021
The authors draw from their work with teachers and students to address issues of social justice through the regular curriculum and everyday school life. This book illustrates an approach that integrates social justice education with contemporary research on students’ development of moral understandings and concerns for human welfare in order to critically address societal conventions, norms, and institutions. The authors provide a clear roadmap for differentiating moral education from religious beliefs and offer age-appropriate guidance for creating healthy school and classroom environments. Demonstrating how to engage students in critical thinking and community activism, the book includes proven-effective lessons that promote academic learning and moral growth for the early grades through adolescence. The text also incorporates recent work with social-emotional learning and restorative justice to nurture students’ ethical awareness and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
Larry Nucci is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley and professor emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robyn Ilten-Gee is an assistant professor in Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
“Nucci and Ilten-Gee connect scientific findings around children’s development of what they call moral wellness with more recent research in education that include critical pedagogy, culturally sustaining pedagogy, restorative justice, and critical media studies. In each of these social justice–focused educational frameworks, they provide actual practices that teachers in real-world settings have employed with impact.”
—From the Foreword by Carol D. Lee, professor emeritus, Northwestern University