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Product Details

  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595580549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teachers and parents often want to act on the issue of racism, but don’t know how. This one-of-a-kind volume is the blueprint; no one should teach another day without reading it."
—Tim Wise, author of White Like Me

About the Author

Mica Pollock is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An anthropologist of education, she previously taught tenth grade and worked in the civil rights field. She is the author of Colormute and Because of Race. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Teacher educators would benefit greatly!
Brian Cavanaugh
We would recommend this book because it has many different authors covering different topics that offer many perspectives for becoming an anti-racist teacher.
Savannah Green
Very thought-provoking...this book offers important points of view to consider when attempting to address issues of race and inequality at schools...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander on October 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Getting Real About Race in School" is indeed necessary. In a post-civil rights era in which the continued relevance of race is denied, Everyday Antiracism illuminates the invisible ways that race continues to impact the lives of those individuals that merge within educational institutions. The four principles and practical strategies presented throughout the text offer educators tools that they can utilize daily in order to ensure that racial consciousness informs their instruction, assessment, and behavioral intervention.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this well-meaning book, the realities of race are not well reflected in the list of topics in the table of contents. As is usual in American dialogues on race, the real issues of race are conveniently side-stepped in favor of treating a subset of topics that appear to be "socially acceptable." However, even a cursory inspection by any astute reader can see that these topics are as likely to reinforce as to alleviate the causes and practices of racism in America's schools.

It seems patently obvious to those of us who have dealt with racism in the trenches for half a century, that unless problems as deeply ingrained as racism are attacked at their roots, and then confronted head-on from the roots upwards, and done so openly and tenaciously, they are unlikely to improve the situation of racial discrimination within schools, or within American society more generally.

At best the list of topics treated here (some done carefully others less so) can make a few school administrators feel good about actively engaging what they perceive to be "the number one problem" in American schools, race -- even if they are only "marking time" when doing so. And as the topics in this book suggest, even "marking time" often gives the comforting illusion of forward motion -- whether or not that motion is likely to lead to the goal of anti-racism, which is to eliminate racism forever.

The list of topics in the table of contents betray the sad fact that the real issues underlying racism are not even being touched here at all. Whether it was a matter of a lack of courage, I do not know. What I do know is that racism in America is not about a lack of communication between the races. It is not about trying to produce a color blind society. Nor is it about challenging cultural stereotypes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savannah Green on April 30, 2013
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We would recommend this book because it has many different authors covering different topics that offer many perspectives for becoming an anti-racist teacher. This book allows you to pick and choose your topics of interest based on your needs in a classroom. The beginning of each section has a cohesive summary that allows for easy access as well as tips for teachers. At the end of each section, there is also discussion topics that allow you to dig deeper into the theories and think critically about what you've read. Every author has something new to offer and a different perspective for the best ways to become an anti-racist teacher. The topics that are discussed in the book are relevant in today's societies for teachers in the classroom. The book gives teachers of all different disciplines tips to incorporate anti-racist ideals into the classroom whether it is an English class or a science class. The book does a very good job at using examples through case studies in order to illustrate the points, and it is very inclusive of many different groups of people, both racial and otherwise. The book is written for any reading level and very easy to understand. However, if you are looking for a narrative book, this is not the book for you, as it is broken up into many different sections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William R. Drake on March 5, 2014
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I do "unlearning prejudice" work with students at several high schools in my area and just purchased this book as a possible resource for a school that is dealing with racial problems. I have also written a book on unlearning prejudice, a part of which focuses on students (Almost Hereditary: A White Southerner's Journey Out of Racism). Had I known of this book when I wrote my own, I would have definitely referred to it.

Everyday Antiracism is an important resource for teachers and, to some extent, administrators. For the most part, the book's 64 short essays, each of which focuses on a different or slightly different theme, do not offer detailed "how to" instructions. Instead they serve as pointers to help give a general direction or offer ideas to pursue. At the end of each article are discussion questions related to (1) the main idea of the essay, (2) a strategy to adopt, and (3) how the idea can be implemented right away. In some cases, a list of related resources (books, etc.) is given.

A number of the essays in the book's first two sections pertain to schools that have students of various races. (Section A: "Race Categories: We Are All the Same, but our Lives are Different" and Section B: "How Opportunities are Provided and Denied Inside Schools") The next couple of sections relate to curriculum and a number of these essays can be applied to schools that are mostly white (as is the case in my area) as well as schools where that is not the case. The last two sections relate to (1) the students' parents and communities and (2) endeavoring to change a school system that does not foster equality.

Some teachers may only find a few essays that give them ideas for their classes but even so the book will have proved valuable.

I would recommend this book to any school or school system that wants to work toward less prejudice.
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