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Jack you are right the main problem we face is how do we take action to mitigate the facts that though we say everyone has equal protection we as a larger society do not act in a way that those who have suffered due to race, sex and class are treated equally. STILL!
How can we build trust in our classrooms? Do we notice our own actions when we call on students? What do we do to make sure every student is reached? It can’t just go on that we cast our words of wisdom out and if the student doesn’t scoop them up it is their own fault, we were treating everyone the same. We have all observed some students who have learned the social game of progressing well and those who have railed against the machine. And then there are the invisible who work at just staying under the radar.
The question we each have to answer is how do I as an individual behave to help all for the greater good? And how do I determine what is the greater good? In the end we are all responsible for our own actions.