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Why Educating for Shalom Requires Decolonization





Indigenous scholars argue that reconciliation requires educators to make space for Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum. This article agrees, arguing that Christians who are committed to Wolterstorff’s (2004) concept of “educating for shalom” must work towards decolonization of the educational system. Eurocentrism in the current system is a product of racism, and prevents students from learning from a diversity of cultural perspectives. Further, failing to decolonize actively perpetuates injustice towards both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and fails to equip students to participate in the societal changes that are necessary to heal the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in North America.


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Article: Gerda J. Kits (2019), "Why educating for shalom requires decolonization"International Journal of Christianity & Education

Dr. Gerda Kits

Associate Professor, Economics P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8056
  • PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Alberta, 2011
  • MDE, Dalhousie University, 2006
  • BA, Environmental Studies, The King`s University College, 2004