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Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Which acts by educators are "racist" and which are "antiracist"? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism, leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race in school, offering invaluable and effective advice.

Contributors including Beverly Daniel Tatum, Sonia Nieto, and Pedro
Paperback, 389 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by The New Press
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I selected this text as the Antiracism Reading Group selection for the 2018/2019 year on my community college's campus. I was hesitant at first because this focuses on k-12 teaching; however, this text has proved to be incredibly helpful and valuable in numerous ways:

* The book's sections each build upon another, beginning with a foundational section on institutional racism and gradually going into more complex concepts.
* Each section is thematic and is preceded by a contents page that briefly s
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book a lot. The various chapters are by various authors, so if you don't like one chapter by one author, you may still like the others, but I liked them all (and I think I read them all, although because I was assigned them out of order, it's not impossible I missed one and don't know it). I thought it was incredibly insightful and informative. I would actually read it again, or maybe even (gasp!) buy it instead of borrowing it from the library. I'm thinking about it. ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2020, library
Read this for a book club with other teachers at school. It’s a collection of about 60 short essays and they are all excellent. I really loved how at the end of each chapter there are 3 questions to think about and implement (one is “try tomorrow”) so that you are not just reading theory, you are putting the principles into practice. My copy is all marked up and I know I will refer to it often and reread many of the essays.
Dana Berglund
An excellent collection of about 60 short essays with different perspectives, theories and applications of anti-racism practices in schools. Easy to pick up and read a few that apply most directly right now, and come back for the rest later.
This is a great resource for teachers who are looking for background and strategies on antiracist teaching. I loved how each essay was very short, between 3-5 pages, which made it readily consumable even with my busy schedule. Almost every essay offers strategies, some more immediately actionable than others, instead of just theory. Some essays are more specific to working with students of particular cultural groups, but most have wide applicability. As a science teacher, the essays at the begin ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My school chose to read this book as a required staff reading for faculty/staff this summer. It's a compilation of short, powerful essays written by experts who are engaged in the work of antiracism within education everyday. I thoroughly enjoyed each essay, the questions posed at the end of each essay, and the opportunity to shift my own thinking on both a personal and professional level. I highly recommend this book to any educator interested in diving into this messy, complex, but necessary w ...more
Vincent Cefali
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Educators committed to equity and anti-racist pedagogy MUST read this book. It is a stunning collection with many thought provoking writers.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’re an educator, this is the book. I revisit this book every year. It has practical and specific things to reflect on in your teaching practice and strategies you can adopt immediately.
Sky Robyns
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

Just when you think you know yourself, this collection of poignant essays pushes you to look a little deeper...
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book gives teachers of all different disciplines tips to incorporate anti-racist/anti-dominant culture and norms' ideals into the classroom whether it is an English class or a science class. The book does a very good job at using examples through case studies in order to illustrate the points, and it is very inclusive of many different groups of people, both racially, ethnically and otherwise. However, if you are looking for a narrative book, this is not the book for you, as it is broken up ...more
Tom Wiley
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book addresses a wide-range of antiracism concerns for a classroom teacher. There are many insightful articles on the topic in here, including from Sonia Nieto and Pedro Noguera. Nieto contributes an essay called “Nice Is Not Enough” that makes the case for why a teacher needs to be more than just “nice” on confronting racism in the classroom. My school assigned this as a summer reading for all the teachers. I think it will open up some important conversations. My one concern is that I thin ...more
Katie Rotvold
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great starting point or stepping stone to become more aware and build up your repertoire of the everyday practices of antiracism in the context of our schools. I have started this as a school wide book study for all staff in our school. The way it is formatted as a collection of very short articles makes it easy to break it up into pieces to read, digest, and act on, then move on to another piece. This has helped us build new habits gradually, yet intentionally. I would love to se ...more
Emily Pickell
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book does a great job in bringing to light many instances where teachers can combat racism in the classroom. The chapters are short and thought-provoking. There is also a list of resources after each chapter along with discussion questions and action-steps that teachers can do tomorrow to talk to students and create change in their classrooms and school.
It is a lot to take in a read at once, so pace yourself and take time to focus on one section at a time.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book to any educator. A small group of colleagues and I read this book together and met weekly to discuss each section. I got so much more out of the book through these discussions. I found that many of the strategies described in the text are more geared toward middle school or high school educators, but as an elementary educator, it was still very useful and informative for me.
This is filled with essays and questions to help adults critically think about their behaviors and the systems we have set up to keep POC out of power. I will be returning to this over and over again as we continue our equity training where I work. This is a book that needs to be read slowly over time so you can process and reflect on each essay.
Nichole Carter
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really a rich book with lots of information, written by many great authors in the field. It was a collection of 2-3 pages of short essays so it was really easy to dip into read a little bit and come back to it later. While it is a long and detailed book this format made the book super approachable.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent anti-racist guidance for teachers

This is one of my favorite books I’ve read on anti-racism. For beginners, I’d start somewhere else- this book does give some explanation on more basic anti-racism concepts, but is more focused on how educators can apply anti-racist principles in their classrooms/schools/contexts.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of essays about how to be an anti-racist teacher. It took me a while to get through because it's important to think about each one before going to the next. I think it's best to read one at a time :) ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed and eye-opening read on approaching racism in schools from a variety of sources in essay format, with a recommendation to pull what nuggets you can from a lot of information. A lot of great examples really helped anchor the book.
Calvin Johnson
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a highly informative read about teaching diverse students of all levels of English language learning. I highly recommend due to the pivots and points of view from other educators, and not just the author.
Monica Fugedi
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read if you are a white educator. The book provides some practical suggestions and insight into how to recognize different races and cultures in the classroom
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short chapters with action steps for people who work in education. Focus is on K-12 but many ideas are relevant across all ages and learning environments.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
excellent selection of essays. I was really able to reflect on my teaching practices. My learning continues.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a book study for work. I think it's a great resource for discussing racial issues with colleagues to learn and have more understanding. ...more
Stevie Dunton
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book of very short essays that can be read in just a few minutes but that get your brain thinking of a wealth of ideas.
What should an educator do if she sees racial injustice occurs in school? What should you do when you hear the word “nigger” used in the classroom? Everyday Antiracism tackles these complex, often controversial issues. Everyday Antiracism, edited by Mica Pollock, is a compilation of essays written by the most renowned educators in the United States. It identifies pressing issues of racism in school and offers suggestions for educators. The “educators”—in this case are different from those to who ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This is a collection of about 60 essays offering suggestions at both the theoretical and practical levels for being antiracist educators. It moves from some basics for teachers just starting out on this journey, like understanding that different racial groups don't actually have different intellectual abilities, all the way to discouraging white teachers from going on an antiracist crusade that will alienate fellow white teachers and teachers of color alike. There are essays by people ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
While I liked this book as a book, I thought that reading it for a class was a little crazy. It has all these little three page chapters with a practical idea of how to consider or confront racism. This makes reading go really fast, but when you're reading 50 or these per week, it also made them un-special and forgettable except for the few which stick out. I would really recommend this book as a sort of weekly devotion- read one idea/chapter and think about it for a bit before going on to read ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read most of this book as part of a class called Empowering Multicultural Initiatives, a course devoted to issues of race in education. The essays in this book are super short and most of them have some good, clear guidance to offer teachers for various scenarios that occur every day in American classrooms. I recommend it any teacher who has already done work in racial identity development and its affects on education.
Caroline Lampinen
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one enormous taster for culturally responsive and antiracist education. By no means a manual but definitely stacked with resources, this book is a great way to begging conceptualizing and working against the systemic and institutional racism our replicate. Each essay includes questions and resources, and everything is effectively titled and labeled into chunks. Kind of like chicken soup for the antiracist educator's soul. ...more
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“Blanket advice to “be colorblind” regarding our students, to “celebrate” their or others’ diversity, or to “recognize” their “race” and our own is not that helpful in real life. In daily life, sometimes educators’ being colorblind is quite harmful to young people, since they live in a world that often treats them racially; sometimes a particular celebration of diversity can be reductive and stereotypic; sometimes seeing a person primarily as a member of a “race” detracts from recognizing our common humanity.” 0 likes
“Really, everyday antiracism requires both addressing people’s experiences in the world as racial group members and refusing to distort people’s experiences, thoughts, or abilities by seeing them only or falsely through a racial lens.” 0 likes
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