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"Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children

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Manufacturer: The New Press
Publisher: The New Press
Author(s): Lisa Delpit

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Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9781595588982
Edition: Reprint
ISBN: 1595588981
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: The New Press
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Manufacturer: The New Press
MPN: new18-20150802-a164159
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
Publisher: The New Press
Studio: The New Press
Editorial Review:
From the MacArthur Award–winning education reformer and author of the bestselling Other People’s Children, a long-awaited new book on how to fix the persistent black/white achievement gap in America’s public schools

As MacArthur Award–winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us—and as all research shows—there 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. Now, in “Multiplication Is for White People”, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—that have still left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement isn’t for them.

In chapters covering primary, middle, and high school, as well as college, Delpit concludes that it’s not that difficult to explain the persistence of the achievement gap. 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 the simple premise that multiplication—and every aspect of advanced education—is for everyone.

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