Pedagogy and Privilege: The Challenges and Possibilities of Teaching Critically About Racism

Ken Montgomery

Abstract


This reflective paper examines both the challenges and possibilities of drawing teacher education candidates into critical examination of cultural, structural, historical, and discursive dimensions of racism in the North American context.  It considers the importance of fostering both a critical consciousness and humility amongst undergraduate education students as part of the process of preparing them to read and act upon schools and societies in ethically and politically responsible ways.  It delineates some of the challenges in attempting to do this and offers up for discussion a few practical strategies for teaching against, through, and about the resistance and denials which often accompany efforts to teach critically about racism in university settings.


Keywords


Critical Pedagogy; Anti-Racism Education; Social Justice; Whiteness; Teaching; Racism; Critical Race Theory

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ISSN 1920-4175 Critical Education