Rethinking Schools: Teaching in Black and White

Posted by Rethinking Schools on October 13, 2014

Rethinking Schools: Teaching in Black and White
Volume 29, Issue 1
Fall 2014

With the events in Ferguson as only the most recent example, it’s clear that dealing with racism is a critical piece of education, for students and teachers. The theme for our fall issue is Teaching in Black and White.

We lead with Renée Watson’s poem–and the history behind it–about being invisible, yet stereotyped, as an African American student bused to a predominantly white school with “Black Like Me.”

In “Dear White Teacher,” African American middle school teacher Chrysanthius Lathan challenges white teachers to think before they routinely send black children to black teachers when there is a problem.

Then Michelle Kenney describes how she prepares her students to read August Wilson’s Fences in “Teaching the N-Word.”

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