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The Privileged Voices in Education

Session 2
Audrey Watters, Jose Vilson

The people that are often praised as education leaders, no matter where they might sit on the "politics of education reform" spectrum — the right or the left, from the public or private sector, "insiders" or "outsiders" — often share a lot in common: namely, their privilege. Their class privilege. Their gender privilege. Their racial privilege. Their age privilege. Their health privilege. Their credential privilege.

We need to stop and ask: whose voices are we hearing? Whose voices are we ignoring? Whose voices are we amplifying? Whose voices are we squelching?

Audrey Watters and Jose Vilson will open a discussion about who gets recognized, who gets amplified. How does privilege play out in the politics of education? How can we tackle questions of diversity in education?

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We could start with a question that seems to be popular among ed(tech) bloggers: who are the most prominent voices in education? Let's reflect on who these are? Who's missing? This session will begin as a conversation between Vilson and Watters, but the goal is to open some of our provocations up to the larger audience.

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