Social justice is a concept that suggests all people, regardless of their gender, race, and sexuality, should have equal and fair access to aspects such as wealth, health, justice, and opportunities (Au, 2013) .As a result of many trends that confront schools and the education system around the globe, leaders should work towards creating school environments and schools that are socially just. Socially just schools and education systems are essential because they help in improving educational opportunities for young children. Statistics indicate that countless children are not in a position to access quality education because of discrimination that is usually race, gender, or sexual based. Social justice advocates that all children should learn in safe environments where all children are provided with equal opportunities (Bogotch, 2002).
This paper will focus on how leaders can work towards creating schools that are socially just. Some other issues that will be addressed are some of the factors that influence reforms, such as neo-liberalism, to determine how social justice in schools can be adopted.
As a result of the many trends confronting schools and educations systems in general, there is a need for school leaders to work towards creating more socially just schools and learning methods. First and foremost, we should understand what a psychologically just school entails (Christensen & Dorn, 1997). Social justice is more of a political concept than a philosophical one, which suggests that all people, regardless of their gender, race, and sexuality, should have equal and fair access to aspects such as wealth, health, justice, and opportunities. Social justice in schools has been a significant concern in the last decade due to the many trends that are confronting schools and education systems in general across the globe (Teese, 2010).
The continuously growing inequalities in terms of class, race, gender, and sexuality have made it almost impossible for schools to reinvent themselves around the aspect of social justice entirely. Studies conducted have revealed that for any school or education system to succeed, then there must be an equal distribution of resources and opportunities to all learners regardless of their race, gender, or sexuality (Fitzgerald, Stacey, McGrath-Champ, Parding, Rainnie, 2018).This, therefore, calls for schools and education systems to be reinvented in ways that work for the advantage of students. A school or education system that is founded based on social justice should have some of the following ideas taught in it. First, the school should articulate its purpose regarding social injustice. Here, it is expected that schools and education systems have rules and principles regarding the issue of social justice in general. Secondly, institutions should be focused on learning and embrace a culture of innovation that is not biased in any way (Furman, 2012).
Also, Liasidou and Antoniou (2015) support that teaching of learners to think as co-learners can help in reducing the adverse effects of bad behaviors. Most of the school leaders ensure that students are working as co-learners, thus reducing adversaries in schools. The author argued that this mode of teaching learners allows learners to understand whenever they disagree. Coming to a collective agreement is a fundamental part of building the issue of social just. According to Proctor, Freebody and Brownlee (2015) leaders should call for unity and togetherness, thus helping learners to copy suitable morals. For one to be morally appropriate and fit in society, then he or she must respect and handle other people in a proper manner. When learners emulate these character of respecting one’s dignity, then it will be easy to get an ethical society. Any society with noble virtues helps in giving directions to the elements within its stretching corners. This means that when leaders ensure respect for dignity, then learners will understand and thus promoting just human society (Salm, Mukhlid & Tokhi, 2018).