In this story Gregory Michi discusses the underlying pedagogy in schools, and how they are like the undertow of an ocean that make it hard for a teacher to stay anchored to their ideals. This story focuses on how to resist these currents by building alliances with teachers, investing in small details classroom decor, and understanding that our impact is rarely instant but gradual. Social justice in practice is as much about the environment you create as it is about the explicit lessons you teach. You can’t do everything you planned or imagined but you can always do something.
How Stories Shape Our Lives: Teaching in the Undertow