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Ten years ago, Tatum's book asked the question, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Her latest book follows up with a broader question about the nation's readiness to talk honestly about the forces that continue to make race such a thorny issue. In separate essays, Tatum probes the impact of continued segregation in public schools--mostly the result of segregated neighborhoods--on classroom achievement; the difficulty of developing and sustaining interracial relationships in a society that practices silence on race; and the longer-term implications of continued segregation on a changing democracy with a growing nonwhite population. Tatum blends policy analysis and personal recollections as an educator and self-described "integration baby," born just after the momentous Brown v.Board of Education decision, into a cogent look at the forces that continue to separate the races and the urgent need to begin an honest dialogue. Tatum's analysis is a probing and ambitious start of a series of books to prod national discussion on issues of race, education, and democracy. Vanessa Bush
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"What Tatum seeks to do above all is trigger sometimes challenging discussions about race, and infuse those discussions with a reality-based focus on how race affects us all. Her latest book does that beautifully, asking touch questions, and patiently, inclusively seeking answers."—Boston Globe

"Ten years ago, Tatum's book asked the question, 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?' Her latest book follows up with a broader question about the nation's readiness to talk honestly about the forces that continue to make race such a thorny issue . . . A probing and ambitious start to a series of books to prod national discussion on issues of race, education, and democracy."—Vanessa Bush, Booklist

"Four research-rich, concisely written essays on race and education, including examinations of the 'resegregation of our schools,' the need for educational curricula and staff that respect the diverse communities they serve, [and] the challenges of interracial friendships . . . What Tatum seeks to do above all is trigger sometimes challenging discussions about race, and infuse those discussions with a reality-based focus on how race affects us all. Her latest book does that beautifully, asking tough questions, and patiently, inclusively seeking answers."—Chuck Leddy, Boston Globe

"Another thoughtful, personal and provocative book that will encourage discussion about many of the difficult issues still surrounding race in America—in and out of the classroom."—Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund
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Product Details

  • Series: Race, Education, and Democracy Series Book
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807032859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807032855
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I was halfway through this book when a family health crisis distracted me. A lot has happened since then, including the election of the first African American president. According to many white pundits, January 20 2009 marked the official end of racism in America...making this book all the more critical because now we're even LESS likely to talk openly and honestly about race than we were before.

Each chapter in the book is based on a lecture in the "Race, Education and Democracy" series at Simmons College. In each, the author seamlessly weaves together personal experience, current events, factual data and policy analysis to help us not only understand where we are, but where we need to be and how we might get there.

The first chapter explains that school segregation (or as she puts it, "resegregation") is still very much with us, and what needs to happen if we are to move beyond it. The second chapter examines why this even matters: because race in American classrooms is effecting achievement. The third chapter explores the thorny issue of cross-racial friendships, and questions whether we can have social change if we don't have interpersonal social connection. The final chapter takes us in search of wisdom, providing examples of ways to cultivate leadership.

This book is more timely than ever. In a way, I'm glad I waited to finish it.
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This book succesfuly explains how our society has grown to accept a school system that often fails minority children. The reasons and some wonderful solutions are explained in a clear and knowledgable manner.
It highlights the important role of white teachers and how as the majority of the educators (especially in elementary school) they can change our schools for the better, for all children.
This book is a must for parents-who can gain valuable information about our school system to use to their advantage and therefore their community.
I feel blessed for reading this and empowered.
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By Lupie Momma on November 29, 2012
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Dr. Tatum has you look at race from a very different perspective. I've learned so much from this required reading for my graduate school class. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a teacher or who is considering teaching. Great read!
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The best book ever on the dismal educational system. This book not only speaks to African American youth but all youth being separated because of innate racism in America, the only place on earth that IS a melting pot. Well written and a MUST read for anyone who wants to teach is teaching and has taught. From Kindergarden to college this is a must read. And after reading it- DO SOMETHING to change this system that is not working for our future.
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This is a book all teachers should read. Not only did it provide me with a helpful account of the history of segregation, resegregation and racism in American schools, it also convicted me personally, as it helped to reveal things I take for granted in my own teaching. Had it not been assigned in my summer class, I probably would have missed out Dr. Tatum's thought-provoking insights. I know this book will change the way I teach in the future, and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to read it closely and critically.
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I haven't read it yet, but I read her first book. I believe this book she be apart of a professional development book study for all educators in the US. At times we even need a refresher like other industries CE( continual education)
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I had to get this book for my English class. It was very interesting. Tatum points out some key facts and makes us realize what we are still doing... though not meaning to be racist we may be subconsciously, treating people every so slightly differently that it makes a big enough impact.
Tatum did not hold back, she was to the point and proved her point well.
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This book was a little difficult to read. Not that the vocabulary was difficult, the information was just presented in a plain way.
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