9781595580542

Everyday Antiracism : Getting Real about Race in School

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    9781595580542

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    1595580549

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/1/2008
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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Summary

How should teachers respond when children ask challenging questions about race? How should teachers handle the use of the "N-word" or discuss "achievement gaps" with colleagues? How can teachers avoid unwittingly making children of color speak on behalf of their entire group? In more than fifty original pieces written especially for this groundbreaking book, Everyday Antiracism offers practical advice for teachers and parents.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Suggestions for Using This Bookp. xiii
Introduction: Defining Everyday Antiracismp. xvii
Race Categories: We Are All the Same, But Our Lives Are Differentp. 1
Remember That Racial Categories Are Not Biological Realitiesp. 3
Exposing Race as an Obsolete Biological Conceptp. 4
No Brain Is Racialp. 9
Getting Rid of the Word "Caucasian"p. 12
Get Ready to Talk about a Racialized Societyp. 17
Beginning Courageous Conversations about Racep. 18
Talking Precisely about Equal Opportunityp. 24
Nice Is Not Enough: Defining Caring for Students of Colorp. 28
Remember That People Do Not Fit Neatly and Easily into Racial Groupsp. 33
Following Children's Leads in Conversations about Racep. 34
Observing Students Sharing Languagep. 39
Remember That People Are Treated as Racial Group Members and Need to Examine That Experiencep. 43
Strengthening Student Identity in School Programsp. 44
Uncovering Internalized Oppressionp. 50
Helping Students See Each Other's Humanityp. 56
Emphasize Individualityp. 61
Constructing Colorblind Classroomsp. 62
Knowing Students as Individualsp. 67
Showing Students Who You Arep. 70
How Opportunities Are Provided and Denied Inside Schoolsp. 75
Remember That Students Experience Racially Unequal Expectations about Their Brainpowerp. 77
Helping Students of Color Meet High Standardsp. 78
Providing Supportive Feedbackp. 82
Counter Racially Patterned Skill Gapsp. 85
Teaching and Transcending Basic Skillsp. 86
Grouping in Detracked Classroomsp. 90
Help Students Gain Fluency in "Standard" Behaviors While Honoring the "Nonstandard" Behaviors They Already Havep. 97
Standards vs. "Standard" Knowledgep. 98
Valuing Nonstandard Englishp. 102
Teaching Students Fluency in Multiple Cultural Codesp. 107
Defy Racially Based Notions of Potential Careers and Contributionsp. 113
Challenging Cultural Stereotypes of "Scientific Ability"p. 114
Finding Role Models in the Communityp. 120
Analyze Racial Disparities in Opportunities to Learnp. 125
Providing Equal Access to "Gifted" Educationp. 126
What Discipline Is For: Connecting Students to the Benefits of Learningp. 132
Curriculum That Asks Crucial Questions About Racep. 139
Create Curriculum That Invites Students to Explore Complex Identities and Consider Racial Group Experiencesp. 141
Using Photography to Explore Racial Identityp. 142
Exploring Racial Identity Through Writingp. 146
Involving Students in Selecting Reading Materialsp. 150
Create Curriculum That Analyzes Opportunity Denialp. 155
Teaching Critical Analysis of Racial Oppressionp. 156
Using Critical Hip-Hop in the Curriculump. 161
Engaging Youth in Participatory Inquiry for Social Justicep. 165
Create Curriculum That Represents a Diverse Range of People Thoroughly and Complexlyp. 173
Arab Visibility and Invisibilityp. 174
Evaluating Images of Groups in Your Curriculump. 180
Teaching Representations of Cultural Difference Through Filmp. 186
What Is on Your Classroom Wall? Problematic Postersp. 191
Teaching Racially Sensitive Literaturep. 195
Create Curriculum That Discusses History Accurately and Thoroughlyp. 199
Making Race Relevant in All-White Classrooms: Using Local Historyp. 200
Teaching Facts, Not Myths, about Native Americansp. 204
Race and the School Experience: The Need for Inquiryp. 209
Investigate Learning Experiences in Your Classroomp. 211
Inviting Students to Analyze Their Learning Experiencep. 212
Interrogating Students' Silencesp. 217
Questioning "Cultural" Explanations of Classroom Behaviorsp. 222
Creating Safe Spaces in Predominantly White Classroomsp. 226
On Spotlighting and Ignoring Racial Group Members in the Classroomp. 230
Spearhead Conversations with Students about Racism in Their Lives and Yoursp. 235
Racial Incidents as Teachable Momentsp. 236
Debating Racially Charged Topicsp. 242
Developing Antiracist School Policyp. 246
Talk Thoroughly with Colleagues about Race and Achievementp. 253
Focusing on Student Learningp. 254
Moving Beyond Quick "Cultural" Explanationsp. 257
Naming the Racial Hierarchies That Arise During School Reformsp. 262
Spearheading School-wide Reformp. 267
Analyze, with Colleagues and Students, How Your Race Affects Your Teachingp. 273
Responding to the "N-Word"p. 274
Engaging Diverse Groups of Colleagues in Conversationp. 279
Locating Yourself for Your Studentsp. 283
Expanding Definitions of "Good Teaching"p. 287
Engaging Communities for Realp. 291
Inquire Fully about Home Communitiesp. 293
Valuing Students' Home Worldsp. 294
Getting to Know Students' Communitiesp. 299
Helping Students Research Their Communitiesp. 305
Discuss Parents' Experiences of Racially Unequal Opportunityp. 309
Cultivating the Trust of Black Parentsp. 310
Helping Parents Fight Stereotypes about Their Childrenp. 314
Informing Parents about Available Opportunitiesp. 318
Keeping it Goingp. 325
Struggle to Change a System That Is Unequal, While Working Within Itp. 327
Resisting the "Lone Hero" Stancep. 328
Recognizing the Likelihood of Reproducing Racismp. 334
Staying Hopefulp. 337
What Is Next?p. 341
Complete List of Everyday Antiracist Strategiesp. 343
Notesp. 349
Reference Listp. 361
Indexp. 381
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