Anita Bright 

Portland State University, USA;

Fulbright Scholar at Bethlehem University, Palestinian Occupied Territories (2022-23)


Bibliographic citation: (ISSN 2657-9774) Educational Role of Language Journal.  Volume 2022-1(7).  PLACING LANGUAGE IN THE CENTRE OF SCHOOLING, pp. 42-46



Although my primary role is as a professor at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, USA, I am spending this academic year (2022-23) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as a Fulbright Scholar, based at Bethlehem University. Through my observations so far, as well as through my collaborations with colleagues and neighbors, it is easy to see the ways language sits at the center of schooling, particularly in considering the ways it may act as a mirror, to reflect and enhance identity, or an eraser, editing or even censoring parts of who one is or aspires to be. I am repeatedly finding myself reflecting on the ways language plays into the constructs of culturally sustaining pedagogies (Paris & Alim 2017), and what this means for children in Palestine today. 

Even though I am only…..


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