TitleSocial justice, democratic education and the silencing of words that wound
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsApplebaum, B.
JournalJournal of Moral Education

The education system in a given society is a reflection of the larger power relations.  Enlightened educators committed to social justice seek to disrupt those social relations in the classroom that function to silence marginalized students, but neutralizing those who attempt to reassert power is problematic. This paper investigates the questions: is it ever justified to use power to interrupt power? Does all silencing subjugate? Applebaum explains two crucial considerations absent in the aforementioned debate.  Implications of the debate for social justice educators are explicated.