"Multiplication Is for White People"

"Multiplication Is for White People"

Raising Expectations for Other People's Children

By Lisa Delpit

New Press, Paperback, 9781595588982, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Description
Lisa Delpit's "Other People's Children"which 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.


About the Author
MacArthur Fellow Lisa Delpit is the executive director for the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University. She is the author of the bestselling "Other People's Children" (The New Press) and the recipient of the award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which hailed her as a "visionary scholar and woman of courage." She lives in Miami. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is an associate professor of adolescent/adult literacy at Kent State University in the department of teaching, leadership, and curriculum studies in Kent, Ohio, where she lives.


Praise For "Multiplication Is for White People"

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.”
The Nation

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.”
Publishers Weekly

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.”
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