Welcome to Educational Empowerment Research Community

Educational Empowerment is an online community of researchers working together to explore ways to transform education into critical and social action. We are looking for volunteer such as teachers, students, community members, and parents all over the world who can share their research, experience, and efforts to create a multicultural environment on their respective schools and campuses. This Wikisite is open to all educators of all grade levels and all researchers, scholars, and community members who are interested in learning more about empowering our schools and our students. (Bridging the Narratives)
What is Hegemony?
Hegemony describes the system of universally accepted domination created by a society’s elite social class, who through the use of powerful and imposed cultural norms maintains the status quo of a society through practices and values that appear supposedly normal, natural, and common sense.

Hegemony in Our Lives

Hegemony prevents us from not only “thinking outside the box”, but also from “acting outside the box”, through fear of violating culturally accepted norms and values. These powerful and dominant practices create barriers/boundaries that preserve and perpetuate the status quo of society. Systems of hegemony, which is a form of intentional persuasion, is universally accepted and is justified as “normal”, and in doing so, it thereby conceals is origins and therefore, is difficult to identify and even more difficult to act against.

Why We use the Term “Hegemony”

The term ‘hegemony’ is used as a foundational philosophy in this research because this term addresses the root cause of our concerns regarding the inequities identified and perpetuated in U.S. education, as well as the direction in which educational reform in the United States is heading.

Examples of Hegemony

1. Takao Ozawa vs. United States (1922) – Following the U.S. Naturalization Act of 1906, which allowed white persons and persons of African descent to naturalize, Ozawa filed for United States citizenship and argued that persons of Japanese descent were “white”. Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland ruled against Ozawa stating that only Caucasians were white and that “it was common sense” that Japanese were not white.

2. The Need for a Social Hierarchy – In a Multiculturalism class at a Midwest university, an undergraduate education student stated, “if we don’t have a hierarchy, how do we move up in the social order to get where we want to go?” This example demonstrates the power of the hegemonic system of belief in the U.S. which values social mobility, which supposedly gives people the ability or the perceived notion that we can move through the social order in the U.S.

3. “The American Dream” In 1931 American writer and historian James Truslow Adams coined the term "American Dream" in his book The Epic of America. His American Dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ABILITY or ACHIEVEMENT.” This statement seems like an equitable idea of life without any racial and social discrimination. But in reality the American Dream propagates the notion that if someone fails it is due to their lack of ability or achievement; they never realize how much fair opportunity has been provided to them.

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Using this Wikisite

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  1. "Topic" - Name of Research topic.
  2. "Complied By" - Name of author(s).
  3. "Date" - Date when you compiled and share your research.
  4. "Description" - Research description and introduction.
  5. "Methodology" - Research methodology.
  6. "Results" - Results and finding you want to share with the community.
  7. "Key Words" - Key words in your work which will help others finding your research on the web.
  8. "References" - References of other people’s work in your research.
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