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Social justice should not be controversial

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There is a crisis today in our public schools: in many classrooms across the country, truth is being deemed treif, unfit for consumption. Politicians are proposing laws that attempt to restrict teachers from educating students about hard truths – such as the extent to which the United States was built by enslaved Black people, or that our country’s white founders did not really mean it when they said, “all men are created equal.” In some cases, this legislation seeks to ban teachers from discussing or even mentioning supposedly dangerous concepts in their classrooms, including the term “social justice.”

As a rabbi, I’m particularly troubled by this assault on the concept of social justice, which Jewish religious leaders have been championing for longer than the term has existed. The truth is that social justice is a noble and worthy concept that has every place in our classrooms and our broader society. At this critical time in our nation’s history – when many Americans have a renewed understanding of the extent to which systemic........

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