The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

"I See Them Differently -- I Get Them Now": Curriculum, Change, Us

Lori Ungemah


The word imagination had a strong comeback in 2020. Calls to reimagine the classroom, curriculum, and teaching rushed in with Covid-19 and increased with the murder of George Floyd and the powerful resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The 2016 and 2020 presidential elections changed the landscape of how my students see American democracy, social solidarity, and their place amid it all. It also changed how I see my students in the classroom, in my city, in the world. I see them differently.

This shift in vision calls for a shift in practices. The loud calls for imagination and re-imagination are exciting theoretically, but how do they translate to the work? Can curriculum, curriculum studies, my thinking, and my writing forge a stronger yet openly complicated connection to the work I do as a professor?

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