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"Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children (Hardcover)
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As award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds usand as all research showsthere is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.
Delpit’s bestselling and paradigm-shifting first book, Other People’s Children, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color. Called phenomenal” (San Francisco Review of Books) and a godsend [that is] honest and fair, yet visionary and firm” (Quarterly Black Review), it received multiple awards and continues to garner high acclaim. Now, in Multiplication Is for White People”, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform effortsincluding No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movementthat still have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher math isn’t for them.
In her wonderful trademark style, punctuated with telling classroom anecdotes and informed by time spent at dozens of schools across the country, Delpit outlines an inspiring and uplifting blueprint for raising expectations for other people’s children, based on a simple premise: multiplication is for everyone.
About the Author
Lisa Delpit, a MacArthur genius” award winner, wrote an article on Other People’s Children” for Harvard Magazine that was the single most requested reprint in the magazine’s history. Expanded into a comprehensive book, Other People’s Children has now sold a quarter-million copies. Delpit is dedicated to providing first-rate education to communities in both the United States and abroad. A co-editor of The Real Ebonics Debate, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, and The Skin That We Speak (The New Press), she is the Felton G. Clark Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she lives.
Praise for "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children…
If all teachers adopted these ideas, the American educational system would be vastly improved for all students. Covering age groups from preschool to college, Delpit offers advice to new and veteran teachers, advice that applies not only to African American students but to all ethnic and minority groups. A much-needed review of the American educational system and an examination of the techniques needed to improve the teaching methods of all involved in that system.”
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