Magazine article Teacher Librarian

The Various Levels of Activism

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

The Various Levels of Activism

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Teacher librarians have a long history of advocating for readers and researchers to become activists in their own learning, their school, and their communities.

Librarians are constantly curating resources, which naturally guide students toward participatory, informed, empathetic citizenship and scholarship. From whatever political or religious stance students derive, it goes to the heart of school librarianship that children ~ and educators as well ~ make better decisions or become active citizens more rationally when they are armed with sound and well-rounded information. Featured in this issue are articles demonstrating this professional practice in action, at many levels.

Offering a way to observe, study, and discuss activism, citizenship, and democracy in action, Levitov's article, along with a supporting TL poster page, presents a forum for analyzing the historical January Women's March on D.C. (and around the world). This, in turn, can serve as a way to launch more extensive, real world, social action or social justice involvement by students.

It is logical that students are more likely to become effective and active members of society if they are allowed more participation in their own educational decision-making, from research topic choice to analyzing their learning and engaging in meaningful thinking and analysis. Three articles in this issue demonstrate this in action. They show different ways that high school students in charge of their own learning learn more deeply and develop a thorough understanding of the process. …

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