Debate#4 Educators have a responsibility to use technology and social media to promote social justice.

Social media have served as a catalyst for social change, allowing people the promotion and acceleration of new ideas. A classroom teacher’s most important responsibility aside from academic instruction is to assist pupils to acquire critical thinking, teamwork, and self-refection abilities needed to produce a better society. No one can deny that teachers work as a guide in students’ choice of life-long paths and it is their first duty to reshape the student’s personality to make him a useful citizen of society. In this modern era, it has become a topic of hot debate whether teachers are supposed to use technology and social media to promote justice in society or not.

To commence with the views of agreement, the predominant fact, why teachers shall use technology and social media to promote justice, is their duty to achieve Educational goals. Along with providing education onus of achieving objectives of education such as stopping discrimination and gender biases, to promoting equality, equity, and justice in society, has also fallen upon educators. It is one of the fundamental aims of education to citizens aware of their rights, to stop injustice, and to make citizens raise their voices for their legal right to justice. Teachers can play an indispensable role to obtain these goals.  With the help of the latest technology, no one else but teachers can teach their pupils easily and spread awareness about the wide concepts related to justice systems such as constitutional rights, articles, rules, and regulations.  A social network, according to an article shared by Kari, Jennifer and Jessica is a terrific area for adolescents to connect and voice their thoughts. The author shows how they built social media channels for their pupils to connect with other kids their age to learn about help in times of need. Secondly, they can raise their own voice as well as can encourage their students to raise their voices on social media for ongoing current injustice issues without going out of their job roles. Apart from that, teachers have a good bonding with their students, they can easily locate victims students of injustice by talking to them and can take an action to help those facing injustice by giving exposure to the issue on social media.

Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice: Lorena Germán(2020): This is a very interesting article that is shared by agree team. Lorena German’s article sends a strong message about how we may use our classrooms to become activists. She designed a course to teach her students about social justice issues. It demonstrates how, when instructors and students collaborate, great improvements can be made in the neighborhood and worldwide. She teaches pupils how to be more self-assured and how to speak up about causes that they are passionate about.

On the other hand, disagree team also give strong points that teacher does not need to promote social justice and they mentioned that teachers make some boundaries between personal and professional life and teachers are hesitating to share their personal information on the internet. New teachers may be unduly concerned with their digital footprints In order to avoid tarnishing their reputation while applying for jobs. Teachers, Politics, and Social Media: A Volatile Mix: The conflict of integrating personal ideas with professional parameters is discussed in this article. These include remaining impartial to prevent influencing students’ thoughts and opinions, providing a secure and valued environment for all students, families, and colleagues, avoiding professional ramifications, and disobeying/obeying their professional code of conduct. They also mentioned that it may increase the burden on teachers because teachers already have a lot of responsibilities and they are already busy and it may increase the pressure on teachers

To summarize  I think that social media networks constitute a viable means of communication and teachers have a responsibility to promote social justice and employ suitable strategies so that students can obtain information about social inequalities and equalities and voice their thoughts. They should develop instructional programs that integrate into the classroom and out of class so that they can understand social issues. I think social justice should be part of the mission of every school ad teacher if we want liberty and justice for everyone because teacher plays an important role in children becoming active citizen and learning the skills and tools that they need to change the world.

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