At the core of social justice, and more specifically socially just practices, is a systems centered critique of the policies and structures that not only create, but perpetuate inequitable outcomes for students, families, schools, and communities. Since February 2021, Charles Barrett has been using the phrase FOCUS ON THE FENCE to not only describe how systems interact with individuals (especially children) and lead to differential outcomes based on a host of factors, but to also highlight the importance of challenging practices and policies so that they ultimately lead to equitable outcomes for young people. Are you an educator who is committed to doing what's right for your students? Are you an advocate, parent, or school board member who is serious about advancing policies that are in the best interest of young people? Perhaps you're an undergraduate or graduate student who is working towards serving children as a teacher, speech pathologist, school psychologist, school counselor, or school social worker. Whatever your role, purchase your shirt today (or a few for your friends and colleagues) and wear it proudly to show your unwavering commitment to focusing on the fence.
To learn more about FOCUS ON THE FENCE, please visit this link: https://charlesbarrett.org/focus-on-the-fence