- File Size: 6337 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (July 9, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 9, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FMYKN1Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"I’m in love with Matthew’s book. He writes with clarity, passion, and backs up everything he says with experiences or history that hits you right in the chest. As an educator in the world today, we owe it to our students to listen to what Matthew Kay has to say."
—Jacob Chastain, literacy coach and producer, Teach Me, Teacher podcast
This is the book we need to shift the "tried and tired" practice of touting empty rhetoric about race to a practice that puts us firmly on a pathway toward achieving racial equity. Matt is a master facilitator and shares the tools every teacher needs to hone their practice to make conversations about race commonplace.
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As a result of reading this book, I see my work cut out for me in the years ahead as a teacher. But I also have been able to immediately implement certain practices in my classroom, such as scheduling in more time to help students make personal connections with the course and with each other. Probably the three biggest takeaways for me are: a reminder of how important it is to build community (versus merely declaring a "safe space"), an exhortation to push past the simple and obvious answers to get to the hard questions (we don't have to settle for everyone just trotting out the usual, predictable stances), and the practical insight of linking race-related conversations to larger threads that run through the entire course.
Though Kay writes specifically about a high school context, almost everything in the book applies, with a little adjustment, for college as well, which is what I teach. I have always taught my courses for over ten years now with a heavy emphasis on discussion. In recent years, conversations specifically related to race have been an important part of many of my classes. I wish I had this book when I was starting out. I am glad to have it now.
Kay facilitates these conversations with students. One of the parts of the book that resonated with me was about names. I have always felt strongly that it is important to make the effort necessary to correctly pronounce others names, as names are a huge window into culture and identity. I think it should and will become a staple on every middle school/high teacher's bookshelf. It is valuable in and of itself to better understand race in America.