Monday, March 14, 2022
Kinda Abdus-Saboor on "Lessons From Pandemic Pedagogy: Humanizing Law School Teaching to Create Equity and Evenness"
Kinda L. Abdus-Saboor has published Lessons from Pandemic Pedagogy: Humanizing Law School Teaching to Create Equity and Evenness in volume 69 of the Journal of Legal Education. The article concludes:
This year has been rich with chaos and uncertainty. And yet, amid all of the chaos emerged the opportunity for a long-overdue shift in the law school classroom. The pandemic brought the discriminatory impact of law school policies to the forefront. It inspired dialogue about students’ challenges at home and raised concerns about students’ well-being. Essentially, it seems, the pandemic infused a humanistic, subjective undertone into an environment that is known for its thrashing, stoic, and unbothered overtones. Evenness and equity became a part of the lesson plan as we strive to embody the values of the often-misconstrued millennial worldview: a sense of entitlement to a better now and a better future with a gratitude for the progress that has been made thus far.
Through this evolving remote “pandemic pedagogy,” law schools around the country began to move toward equitable spaces in which the context of students’ learning mattered. While there are many aspects of the pandemic that we are in a hurry to leave behind, this redirection from tradition to equity should not be one of them. For if we always do what we have always done, then we will always be what we have always been. The legal profession has long been a white, male-dominated space. It is safe to say that it is about time to break the mold.
The essay is a thoughtful and reflective read. My favorite sentence from the essay is a simple, yet poignant, reminder that "we are not teaching things, we are teaching people."