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Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities (Series in Childhood Studies) Paperback – March 18, 2003
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Amanda Lewis provides new insights into how race gets constructed by schools. She examines how school as an institution produces racial meanings, in formal and informal ways, that have lasting consequences for students, especially students of color.
Amanda Lewis'work--which was quoted in the University of Michigan affirmative action case--will surely raise controversy and fuel substantial debates. She wrestles with the relative roles of culture and merit in the book. She uses Bourdieu to understand cultural gaps between minority students and the school. She argues that such gaps put minority students at a disadvantage as they are judged, not in terms of "ability or potential," but by "white middle class styles of interaction." In other words, while acknowledging cultural differences, she points out that these differences are not treated neutrally; rather, those of white students tend to be rewarded, and those of students of color are more often treated as illegitimate.Read more ›
The book poses some excellent questions for classroom teachers and school leaders. It forces readers to examine some of their own actions that, while they may think nothing of, may actually be causing or exaggerating racial tensions in their classrooms or schools. The study encourages discussions within schools, grade levels, and classrooms about race; which, depending on the school, may not have occurred before. It allows educators to think about the impacts of race in their schools without accusing them of racism.
While the book does allow for some great conversations and is certainly a quality introduction to racial relations in the context of school, it may seem outdated or expected to educators or readers with significant experience in a wide range of school settings. If the reader is familiar with the implications of race in schools this study may seem repetitive.Read more ›
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The book was packaged well and arrived on time. Perhaps I miss read the item description, but I was surprised (and disappointed) that a lot of text has been highlighted. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Silver Sprite
Interesting book. Gives perspectives of race from urban, suburban and rural school districts. There are multiple student, teacher, and parent accounts of the significance of race,... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by S.ell