Florida Students Deserve a Realistic Social Studies Curriculum
The Florida Department of Education is seeking new social studies materials that explicitly prohibit the concept of social justice, thereby depriving Florida students of a realistic social studies curriculum.
The study of social justice focuses on fairness within a society. Everyone should receive the essentials of life. When we talk about access to food, housing and clean water, we are working for social justice. When we advocate for adequate health care for all, we strive for social justice. The rights of persons with disabilities have too often been ignored and neglected. It is only right that this be corrected.
As we age, we are often discriminated against simply because of our age. Ageism is wrong and social justice works to end discrimination. For a society to be just and fair to its people, we must get rid of all discrimination, whether based on age, gender, orientation, race, sexuality or religion. Social justice is about closing the gaps and empowering everyone.
Social justice means that everyone can satisfy their basic needs: it means ensuring everyone’s economic stability. All schools must teach social justice, so that our future generations are fully prepared to deal with the problems of society.
Rhea McKinney, Lakeland
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