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These KidsIdentity, Agency, and Social Justice at a Last Chance High School$
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Kysa Nygreen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031422

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031736.001.0001

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Social Justice for “These Kids”

Social Justice for “These Kids”

(p.156) CHAPTER SIX Social Justice for “These Kids”
These Kids

Kysa Nygreen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reflects on the book's key arguments and considers their implications for educators who wish to advance social justice for all students. It explores the logic and limits of current educational justice discourses, such as “college for all,” and asks what alternative visions of educational justice might enable us to transcend the paradox of getting ahead. It argues for a new discourse of educational justice that challenges the paradigm of individual mobility and articulates a vision of justice for all students, especially marginalized and last chance students as a group. Moving towards this vision requires educators to reframe their priorities from closing the achievement gap to closing the consequence gap.

Keywords:   social justice, educational justice, individual mobility, educators, getting ahead

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