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One small step toward a better world: Systemic Racism and Privilege  

Before we can truly see how Open Education and Open Education Resources (OER’s) are the way we need to start viewing, practicing and spreading knowledge, we need to understand why they are so important.

Privilege. A word we should be familiar with, given the time and political environment we are living in. If you are unclear about what privilege really is or is not, go to this website to get a nice overview.

I am not sure how we find equality for all if we do not embrace Open Education. With the fact that the ‘haves’ are the vast majority of people attending the world’s top universities because they attended the top highschool because they attended the top middle school… Do you see where this is going? We can do better. We have to do better.

I found the following video to be a concise way to look at privilege. Have a look:

Open Education is a way to eliminate privilege that comes from sitting in the front row, from not realizing those in the back row deserve more. For me, I abhor the idea of all those voices that are not getting heard. In those voices, there may be a cure for cancer, a model for rainforest sustainability, the next brilliant world leader, or a physicist meant to discover a unifying theory.

Now that we can see real progress in Open Learning, it is time to push that momentum. As a grad student, I will share, I will allow the use of my privilege thus far, even if only to add to the growing number of amazing individuals who have started this movement. Open Educational Resources are only the beginning.

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