Learning for Justice Magazine

Issue 2, Spring 2022

Front cover of 'Learning for Justice' magazine, Spring 2022 edition.

We’re living in a moment in which teaching honestly about U.S. history has become politicized, but make no mistake about it: We are doing students—and ourselves—a disservice when we choose to lie to them in school rather than educate with accuracy.

And that’s what this issue is all about. It explores various perspectives on teaching honest history: what happens when we don’t, how educators are overcoming attempts to stop it, views from communities who are often left out of these conversations—namely rural and Indigenous—and why it matters.

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Going Beyond the Textbook

Teachers are using the textbook—and going beyond it—to change history education from the ground up.

Rural Schools and Hard History

The rich history and diversity of rural communities have largely been erased. Appreciating both charts a promising path forward.



A Message From Our Director

LFJ Director Jalaya Liles Dunn emphasizes that “Teaching an honest history counters a prevailing narrative that denies the real origins of this country and maintains an unjust society.”
Why I Teach

Ask, Investigate and Advocate

Nefertari Yancie, Ph.D., credits her family’s commitment to asking courageous questions, seeking answers and taking action as the impetus for her career in the classroom.
Down the Hall

The Relationship Aspect

Elementary school counselor Nicole Morales says that, after two difficult school years, the way forward is to build relationships with intention.
Staff Picks

What We're Watching

Dim the lights and get ready to learn with these LFJ-approved films!
Story Corner

Tomorrow Night

After planning for a long time, an enslaved family risks everything to live together and be free.
One World

Bethany Yellowtail

"It doesn't matter where you come from; we all deserve to dream."