Check-out the UST TEDx Talk from Kasim Abdur Razzaq, '09 MSW!
A Time for Justice in Education -- the Ballot or the Student
Kasim Abdur Razzaq, '09 MSW, was one of the speakers at the first TEDxUniversityofStThomas Talk on October 15, 2014.
Kasim, a Licensed Psychotherapist and School Social Worker, unearths a social justice issue contributing to educational disparities. He uses a personal anecdote reciting the words "one kid, one vote" to illustrate why a system where the "majority rules" is not sufficient for all learners and creates an oppressed group he refers to as "cultural others." These students fail to be inspired and disengage from academic learning. Kasim re-imagines a just educational system that destroys the myth of a single-sided story in order to embrace the truth of a story with multiple perspectives and in which every student gets what they need to be successful. Kasim hopes this talk inspires a shift away from the current educational paradigm that has produced 60 years of predictable (achievement gaps) and undesirable results for some, toward a model that empowers and creates success for all students. It is Kasim’s adamant desire to offer a concept that is extrapolated beyond the walls of education into our greater society where these same predictable results can be seen in the majority of our Nations’ institutions. As a Social Worker, Kasim believes in empowering others and he hopes this talk will invoke critical thinking that validates and challenges people to fight for the promise of “Liberty and Justice for all.”
Watch Kasim's TEDx Talk on YouTube HERE