Listen to Season 5 of Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran, where we focus on ‘Standing Up for Our Students in Challenging Times’.

We critically examine diversity, inclusion and neutrality; how to stand up when hatred is stoked; and how to create more representative spaces and curricula in schools so that our students and their communities feel more valued.

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Episode 39: Courageous Conversations in the Classroom with Val Brown

Standing up when hatred is stoked; building community through courageous conversations about race; and why representation and presence matters.

Episode 40: Nothing’s Neutral, Everything’s Political with Phiona Lloyd-Henry

Why does anti-oppressive education matter? Why is ‘neutrality’ problematic in education? How can we create culturally responsive curricula; and honor our students’ histories, existence, and ways of knowing. 

Episode 41: Whose History Are We Telling with Eric Fieldman

How do we move from holding back to standing up and speaking out as a teacher? What about our history textbooks and curricula – who’s present and who’s absent in them? And how do we get beyond diatribe when debating social issues in the classroom?

Episode 42: Complicating Diversity and Inclusion with Maha Bali

How can we become more conscious about oppression? Why do we need to re-think traditional critical thinking and debating approaches in the classroom? And how we can push beyond generic approaches to ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’.

We also canvass how to re-think our anger about injustices perpetrated against our communities, and explore gendered inequities in STEM. 

Episode 43: Trans Children Do Know Who They Are with Jo Hirst

Jo Hirst talks about the ups and downs of raising a trans child in an often hostile world. Plus, how schools can better support trans and gender diverse young people. 

Episode 44: Being Color Brave Not Color Blind with Rosa Perez-Isiah

Dr Rosa Perez-Isiah chats about the impact of the hostile political climate around immigration on her students and their families.

Rosa also pushes back against being color blind suggesting that we be color brave instead.

We also discuss how our silence around poverty can be oppressive. Lots of tips and insights, plus quite moving tales of life in Southern California, USA for students of color. 

Episode 45: Uplifting the Voices & Languages of Marginalized Communities with Victor Martinez (Coming 24th July)

More Social Justice Episodes

Social Justice is what I’m passionate about as a teacher. Have a listen to more of my Social Justice-related episodes featuring teachers who are not content with the status quo. They’re standing up, speaking out, and taking action for their students and their communities.

Pushing The Edge for Social Justice in EducationStanding Up for Our Students – Resources

Listen to Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran (podcast)

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