Synopses & Reviews
Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award and Choice Magazines Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazines great books,” Other Peoples Children
has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This anniversary paperback edition features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne.
In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and other peoples children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.
A new classic among educators, Other Peoples Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of Americas education system.
"A godsend . . . honest and fair, yet visionary and firm."
—Quarterly Black Review
"Phenomonal. . . . [This book] overcomes fear and speaks of truths, truths that otherwise have no voice."
—The San Francisco Review of Books
"Here, finally, is multiculturalism with a human face."
"Provides an important, yet typically avoided, discussion of how power imbalances in the larger U.S. society reverberate in classrooms."
—Harvard Educational Review
Presenting an analysis of contemporary classrooms, this book develops ideas about the ways teachers can be better cultural transmitters in the classroom. It suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of colour are actually the result of miscommunication.
Develops ideas about ways teachers can be better "cultural transmitters" in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education.
This anniversary edition of the classic revolutionary analysis of the role of race in the classroom features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne.
About the Author
Lisa Delpit is an Eminent Scholar and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University in Miami, where she lives. Her work is dedicated to providing excellent education for marginalized communities in the United States and abroad. Herb Kohl is a recipient of the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was the founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City and established the PEN West Center in San Francisco, where he lives. He is the author of more than forty books, including the bestselling 36 Children and the classic I Wont Learn from You” (The New Press).
Table of Contents
Editors Note ix
Introduction to the 2005 Edition xiii
PART 1: CONTROVERSIES REVISITED
Skills and Other Dilemmas of a Progressive Black Educator 11
The Silenced Dialogue 21
Language Diversity and Learning 48
PART 2: LESSONS FROM HOME AND ABROAD
The Vilis Tokples Schools of Papua New Guinea 77
Hello, Grandfather” 91
Teachers Voices 105
PART 3: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Cross-cultural Confusions in Teacher Assessment 135
The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse 152
Education in a Multicultural Society 167
Reflections on Other Peoples Children HERBERT KOHL 185
Teaching the Hard of Head CHARLES M. PAYNE 188
Other Peoples Children: The Lasting Impact PATRICIA LESESNE 193