"Multiplication Is for White People"

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As MacArthur award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds usa€”and as all research showsa€”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 qMultiplication is for White Peopleq, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform effortsa€”including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movementa€”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 multiplicationa€”and every aspect of advanced educationa€”is for everyone.To clarify what this might look like in practice, let me provide a few examples from early literacy instruction, vocabulary development, and writing. ... various screening devices to cover some letters of words and thus focus childrena#39;s attention to specific letters and letter combinations. ... In one instance, he used a poem titled a€œK-K-K-Katya€ to begin playing an initial consonant game which he and the childrenanbsp;...

Title:"Multiplication Is for White People"
Author: Lisa Delpit
Publisher:New Press, The - 2012-03-20

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