Talking About Race and Racism in the Classroom
By: Teachers College
Published: 2007
Uploaded: 06/19/2017
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Description/Abstract: Classroom conversations about race and racism can be difficult. Often teachers and students–sometimes apologetically, sometimes angrily, but mostly unselfconsciously–avoid the topics altogether. When they do take place, conversations frequently remain superficial or simplistic. In this article, I delineate some definitions I find helpful to share with students, and then I offer some suggestions about how to prepare for and engage in discussions with students.