Reading Observations- Service Learning

Our first and only reading for this semester was an insightful criticism on the inbred racism and prejudice within the curricula of stand service learning practices. What is worse, as the reading recognizes, even with prejudices baked into the core, instructors avoid talking of race-relations and racism’s impact on “urban” and “at risk” populations.

The reading outlines the steps to take to avoid letting white-centric ideals into service learning projects. As for what I plan to do when confronted with my own prejudices and/or the standard white prejudice that pervades service learning, I think our previous semester set me up to understand the more complex world that is our justice system. It is important, then, for me to remember to always check my assumptions and criticize where they stem from.

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