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UW-Madison's McAvoy quoted in article about teachers promoting social justice

October 19, 2017
UW-Madison's Paula McAvoy was quoted in an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about St. Louis teachers who promote social justice in their classrooms. 

Paula McAvoy
McAvoy is the director of The Discussion Project, and the program director for the Center for Ethics and Education, which is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education.

One group of educators in the St. Louis-area called Educators for Social Justice supports socially just curriculum and encourages students to become involved in social change.

McAvoy said in the article that schools have the important role to prepare students to live in a democratic society. 

“Where do you see people talking across their differences? You don’t see that in the American public,” McAvoy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Schools are a really great place where we might actually be able to teach young people that there’s a value in hearing other people disagree with you."

Read the full article: "St. Louis teachers turn their classrooms into hubs of social justice."

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