A White Teacher Talks about Race

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Scarecrow Press, Incorporated, Jan 1, 2005 - Education - 171 pages
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Veteran teacher Julie Landsman leads the reader through a day of teaching and reflection about her work with high school students who are from a variety of cultures. She speaks honestly about issues of race, poverty, institutional responsibility, and white privilege by engaging the reader in the experiences of a day in the classroom with some of her remarkable students. Throughout the day, we meet bigotry head-on, struggle with questions of racial identity, and find cultural conflict in the corridors of the school building. Along the way, we come face to face with Tyrone, a young African-American student grappling with the realities of discrimination in suburbia. We encounter Sheila, a teenage mother struggling to raise her baby in poverty, and we get to know Sarah, a white girl living on the streets of Minneapolis. Through the author's eyes, we begin to understand the complexities of teaching in today's society and we learn within the pages of this book, if only just for a moment, what it feels like to be the other.

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User Review  - ariahfine - LibraryThing

I picked up this book because I know the women who wrote it from a writer's group I'm a part of on the northside of Minneapolis. The book is about her work in the Minneapolis public schools. Having ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I didn't like this one so I gave up after a few chapters. I tried to like it, I wanted to like it, but I didn't. The font was small and I didn't really care for the author, so that combined just couldn't get me through it. Read full review

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Julie Landsman is Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Until her recent retirement, she had spent many years working with both troubled and gifted students in middle and high schools in the Minneapolis Public School System. She continues to teach in Minneapolis as a Writer in the Schools. Ms. Landsman presently has a monthly column in the Skyway News in Minneapolis.

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