All faculty and staff are invited to join colleagues in reading, discussing, and putting into practice ideas from current literature.
If you’d like to lead a group, please contact Dylan Eret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last semester’s Reading Group will be led by BCC English Instructor Tomas Moniz. Books will be available for lending to the first 10 people requesting them.
Last semester’s reading group met four Tuesdays, College Hour in the Teaching and Learning Center (Room 341):
- February 4
- February 18
- March 25
- April 8
Here’s what we’ll be reading:
From the New Press:
FROM THE MACARTHUR AWARD-WINNING EDUCATION REFORMER AND AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN—A LONG-AWAITED NEW BOOK ON HOW TO FIX THE PERSISTENT BLACK/WHITE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN AMERICA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Why you trying to teach me to multiply, Ms. Lisa? Black people don’t multiply, black people just add and subtract.
—From “Multiplication Is for White People”
As MacArthur award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us—and as all research shows—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 “Multiplication is for White People”, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—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 multiplication—and every aspect of advanced education—is for everyone.
MacArthur “genius” award winner Lisa Delpit‘s article on “Other People’s Children” for Harvard Magazine was the single most requested reprint in the magazine’s history following its publication. Delpit expanded her ideas into a groundbreaking book with the same name, which won a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association,Choice magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title award, and was voted one of Teacher Magazine‘s “great books.” A recipient of the Harvard School of Education’s award for an Outstanding Contribution to Education, she is dedicated to providing excellent education to communities both in the United States and abroad. She is a co-editor of The Real Ebonics Debate, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, and The Skin That We Speak (The New Press). Currently the Felton G. Clark Professor of Education at Southern University, she lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Click here for an interview with author Lisa Delpit
in The Nation