Controversial for whom? Moving beyond fear in the classroom with diverse books


  • Sheila Freehill


vulnerability, whiteness, equity, speaking out


This essay explores my experience as a white woman trying to support social justice in a white male-dominated culture. A culture that continues to resist and fear moving towards change that will support equity and inclusion. As a teacher, I have seen the negative impact and the slow progress towards normalizing conversations about equity and social justice in our classrooms.  The time has come to be brave and speak our truths. I hope teachers, policymakers, and school leaders take time to expand their perspectives and move towards a future where everyone is treated equally and all voices are heard.