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Around the world, societies struggle with issues of discrimination and many individuals are denied their rights as a result of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic class, or disability. Since the purpose of social studies education “is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society” (NCSS, 1994), many scholars believe social studies education is an appropriate field to explore these topics of injustice (Banks, 2004; Wade, 2007).


Originally published in:

King, L. & Kasun, G. S. (2013). Food for thought: A framework for social justice in social studies education. Focus on Middle Schools 25(3), p. 1-4.

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