A White Teacher Talks about Race

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R&L Education, Mar 16, 2009 - Education - 208 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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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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Experienced teacher and Minneapolis writer Landsman (Basic Needs: A Year with Street Kids in a City School) here describes a typical day in an inner-city, alternative high school program. She ... Read full review

Contents

What I Bring
1
Chapter 2 Waiting for First Hour
9
Recognizing Oneself
19
History and Literature
31
Student Voices as te Center of the Class
47
Students Lives
59
Connections
69
TwentyFour Seven
81
Chapter 14 Living in Different Worlds
141
Chapter 15 Celebrations at School
149
Chapter 16 Celebrations at Home
153
The Power of White Activisim
163
Epilogue
169
A Final Note to My Readers
173
References
177
Acknowledgments
179

Representing
83
Chapter 10 My White Power World
93
Expectations
105
Training Teachers
123
Community
133
Appendix A Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Economically Struggling Students
183
High Expectations
187
About the Author
189
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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.

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