The subject within social justice that I have chosen to create awareness on is educational justice. More specifically, I want to focus on justice for world languages in school districts. When I think of the word “justice” I think of equality for everyone and right now this is not happening in terms of education. Depending on what school district a child goes to depends on how much educational access they have . Many school districts do not get much funding towards education which is why not every has the availability to learn a world language(Banks 660). By the time kids reach high school, college, and even post schooling, they are either placed at an advantage because their school district offered a language or they are a step behind because they did not have the opportunity to have a world language (Osborn 115). In order to change this and create equality amongst the different school districts, I have developed a website for world languages.
The goal of this website is to allow everyone the same opportunity to learn world languages. This website will provide people with the chance to learn up to 12 different languages such as: Spanish, French, English, Japanese, German, Mandarin, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Korean, and Hindi. If the site becomes popular enough, more languages will be added to the list and there will be a tab for users to suggest languages they want to learn. Providing a wide variety will not only allow children to learn something their school does not offer, but will also allow children who already have access the chance to learn a language that may not be provided in their district. Although this is primarily intended for young adolescents, anyone can use this website. I will provide different levels of each language so the user can advance overtime. There will also be an account that needs to be created in order to start the program so the user can track their progress.
In order to make this website more accessible to everyone I decided to do a website for this issue in social justice as opposed to a mobile application. Not everyone has a phone or even a smartphone so people in those categories would be placed at a higher disadvantage. Although not everyone has a computer, public libraries often have computers so users would have the opportunity to learn the language if they choose to. Another way to create equal opportunities for educational justice is to make this application free of charge and require no upgrade fees.
The website is intended to create more equal opportunities for the education system. Realistically, if there ever will be total equality, the process will take a very long time. Although I will not be making a profit from this website, the goal is to spread awareness of educational inequality. This website will not only help to spread awareness of the fact that languages are not offered in every school, but will also provide the chance for users to learn world languages. Even though this application will be a small step for educational justice, it will be beneficial to society in general.
Banks, J. (2012). Encyclopedia of diversity in education (p. 660-669). Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications.
Osborn, T. (2006). Teaching world languages for social justice: A sourcebook of principles and practices (pp. 110 – 132). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates