Feb 01 2011

Thank you

Thank all for the comments on my last post. I really appreciated having my perspective challenged and having folks who were open to discussion. I am deeply in debt to the folks who understand critical race theory and who plan to use it in their teaching. I can’t wait to meet y’all at institute. Anyway, I’m posting a few anti-racist pedagody links. If you’re interested in these, I’d love to talk to you about them and I’d also encourage you to read “Pedagody of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire, “Teaching to Transgress” by bell hooks and “Other People’s Children” by Lisa Delpit. I’d also love to hear about your reading lists!

Becoming an anti-racist teacher

Basic overview and solid bibliography. Anthropology and sociology majors will appreciate the Geertz references :)

Paulo and Nita Freire Critical International  Project for Critical Pedagody

Pretty sweet journal with free, public access.  Obviously rooted in the works of Freire. Home to a network of educators  that come together to talk about and work on critical pedagogy in the classroom.

Anti-Racist Geometry Lessons  Explained

How one Bay-Area high school explicitly puts anti-racist pedagogy to work and how it improves student performance  (a shout out to my region, whoop whoop!)

The Role of Minority Educators in Anti-racist Education

Thoughtful discussion – little less applicable (but still important) as the data and discussion center on Tornoto schools.

Students Tend to Do Better with Same Race Teachers

No one really knows if this is role / modelling, teacher bias, or something else all together. This article thinks stereotype threat may be part of the reason. No easy answers here, but lots to think about.

The Deep and Everlasting Probelm of Ignoring Race in Education Reform

Fav quote:

“Our schools remain segregated and bastions of poverty because of economic and social policies that for centuries have prevented adequate access to equal resources. Rather than fight these deep levels of resource and social stratification, we are now focused on creating success within them. In 1933, Carter G. Woodson wrote the Mis-Education of the Negro and proclaimed, “We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.” If we do not look seriously at equipping our children with tools to see themselves and their communities differently, we run the risk of making Woodson’s words ring true nearly 100 years later. We must be diligent in making sure our children learn not just how navigate a test, but learn how to love themselves and change the world.”

Amen.

Thanks again to the lifesavers – you know who you are.

2 Responses

  1. Abby

    Hey, I have read your blog (backwards from this post). This lead me to the other blog about quitting teaching that someone posted in the comments section. Anyway, I have been teaching for 4 years. The way she describes that first year gives me flashbacks. Seriously. I used to think about getting into an accident on the way to school so I would have a good reason to call in for a few days. That first year is the hardest for so many reasons, but the biggest reason is because it is so difficult to marry your ideals with your day to day. But every year, if you protect your ideals fiercely enough, you figure out how to do it just a little bit better. I am sad she is not teaching. By her second year, she would have figured out how to make it all work just a little bit better every day. I say all this to say, don’t be too hard on yourself next year. It won’t all look like you want it to. You will be ashamed at some things that will come out of your mouth. It is hard to realize you failed yourself and your kids in the same moment. But the questions you are asking need asked, desperately. Give yourself enough slack to not have it figured out next year, so that you can teach long enough to figure it all out. (Then pass it on to me, because I don’t have a clue!)

    • Wess

      Abby–SECONDED. yes.

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