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White Urban Teachers: Stories of Fear, Violence, and Desire
Stories of the lives of white teachers, as white teachers, too often simplify the complexities and conflicts of their work with students of color. Drawing on in-depth interviews with five white teachers, as well as on her own experiences, Audrey Lensmire provides generous, complex, and critical accounts of white teachers, against the backdrop of her sharp critique of schoo ...more
ebook, 100 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published March 29th 2012)
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Lensmire interviews white teachers who work in urban settings with children of color. She presents the complexity and difficulty of their position and avoids simplifying race, positioning the teachers as racist, or setting up a contrast between "good" and "bad" white people. She takes the stance of trying to represent their individual stories and their thinking about themselves as white people in these settings. It made me think a lot about our responsibilities and our rights or lack thereof whe ...more