Our Schools/Our Selves: Fall 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow? Sustainability, collaboration, and place-based learning
December 10, 2015

This issue of Our Schools/Our Selves is an opportunity to explore much of what has resulted from the fallout of...well, let's just say more than a decade of neglect, downloading, and diminishment. It examines how communities are fighting back against attacks on public education; the use of the arts to explore issues of social justice and labour history; the effects of misogyny in our society, legal systems and educational institutions; restorative justice; teaching students about sustainability, belonging, and autonomy through a school garden; and the impact of neoliberalism on public schools and universities, and how to resist it.

It's a wide-ranging and thought-provoking collection that comes at a time when we need to be thinking — hard — about where we're currently at, how we got here, and where we need to get to if we are truly committed to progress, fairness, sustainability and equality. It reinforces the fact that while the latest big challenge — personified by our past-PM — may have been vanquished, there will always be other challenges to overcome. And it's a reminder that, in the face of high hopes, low standards are never permissible when it comes to social justice.