Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

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The New Press, 2006 - Education - 223 pages
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An updated edition of the classic revolutionary analysis of the role of race in the classroom.

Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award and Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic book award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine's "great books," Other People's Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This anniversary edition features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne.

In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award-winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better "cultural transmitters" in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and "other people's children" struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

A new classic among educators, Other People's Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America's education system.

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Eye-opening, educational, and remarkable! - Goodreads
It is one of the essential reads in educational policy. - Goodreads
Delpit doesn't mince words in her advice to teachers. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Trisha Carlson - Goodreads

I have much to think about after reading this one. Delpit examines how teachers teach across cultures, paying particular attention to the roles that language and code switching play in our classrooms. I'd love some more contemporary reading on these topics! Read full review

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User Review  - Tammy - Goodreads

You should read this. Especially if you are currently teaching in a public school. I wish everyone at YMS could read it before September. Read full review


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Lisa Delpit is an Eminent Scholar and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University in Miami, where she lives. Her work is dedicated to providing excellent education for marginalized communities in the United States and abroad. Herb Kohl is a recipient of the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was the founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City and established the PEN West Center in San Francisco, where he lives. He is the author of more than forty books, including the bestselling 36 Children and the classic “I Won’t Learn from You” (The New Press).

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