Social Justice Parenting: How To Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World

Harper Wave. Oct. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780063082366. $27.99. CHILD REARING
This book is for parents who want to discuss racial, social, and economic inequities with their young children in a healthy and beneficial way. It draws from Baxley’s (prof. of education, Florida Atlantic Univ.; Equity Pedagogy) specialty in social justice pedagogy, and also calls on her lived experience as a Black parent of five biracial children. Here she defines a “Social Justice Home”—one that is accountable; grounded in the lives, interests, and experiences of each family member; pro-justice and empathetic; reflective and dialogic; and aware that all of us are in process. Baxley theorizes the social justice approach to parenting and offers guidance for turning philosophy into practice using five principles: Reflection, Open Dialogue, Compassion, Kindness, and Social Justice Engagement. Each chapter includes journaling prompts.
VERDICT Baxley’s meaty book is sure to provoke thought and positive dialogue; a must-read.
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