"Multiplication Is for White People"
Raising Expectations for Other People's Children
By Lisa Delpit
(New Press, The, Paperback, 9781595588982, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Childrenwhich has sold more than a quarter-million copies to dateis a paradigm-shifting, highly acclaimed exploration of the cultural slippage between white teachers and students of color. In her long-awaited and now bestselling second book, "Multiplication Is for White People," the award-winning educator reflects on the last fifteen years of reform effortsincluding No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movementthat have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement is not for them.
Hailed as "illuminating" (Publishers Weekly), "thought-provoking" (Harvard Educational Review), and a "much-needed review of the American educational system" (Kirkus Reviews), "Multiplication Is for White People" is a passionate reminder that there is no achievement gap at birth. Poor teaching, negative stereotypes, and a curriculum that does not adequately connect to poor children’s lives conspire against the prospects of poor children of color. From K-12 classrooms through the college years, Delpit brings the topic of educating other people’s children into the twenty-first century, outlining a blueprint for raising expectations based on a simple premise: that all aspects of advanced education are for everyone.
Praise for Lisa Delpit and Multiplication Is for White People”:
[Delpit] focuses urgently on the issue of expectationand the solutions she proposes feel both simple and radical.”
The Boston Globe
[Delpit] is a keen student of the way that ideas and practices take on new meanings in cultural contexts, including the context of unequal power.”
All readers can appreciate this thought-provoking book. . . .The quality of education that Delpit advocates for Black children is a high but necessary bar, one that all children need and deserve.”
Harvard Educational Review
Anyone concerned with the state of American schooling will find Delpit’s smooth blending of the personal, the professional, and the political appealing and illuminating.”
At a time when deep thinking about education dilemmas is in short supply, Delpit has produced a volume that forces us to do just that.”
Pedro Noguera, author of The Trouble with Black Boys and executive director of the NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education
We must heed her words of wisdom.”
Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System
Clearly articulated discussions about educating young children, teaching adolescents, and working with students at the university level and beyond reflect Delpit’s knowledge and passion about teaching all children. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”