Welcome to the Book Club for the Copy Room Conversations Community
I’ve been thinking about this book club for a long time. And then, on the blog where I read the whole “it’s like free grad school” idea, I found that his first book recommendation was a book I announced many months ago as our first read. The universe, it doesn’t forget.
Life is short and our system needs nothing short of an overhaul if we are really going to serve all our kids so we might as well roll up our sleeves and start digging with all appropriate urgency. These are our kids, after all and, as we know well, there is no such thing as other people’s children.
I invite you to read this semester’s book. I invite you to post about it on Facebook. I invite you to join us on a virtual call in early December to talk about it. And I invite you to our very first podcast in January to listen to an interview with author (I say as I put out into that universe that never forgets hoping it will bring our community this favor). I invite you into community, into learning, and into better serving our kids.
Thank you for being here.
“This seminal text develops ideas about ways teachers can be better ‘cultural transmitters’ in the classroom, a place 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 people’s children’ struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.”
The whole premise of The Teacher Collective is that we are all teachers and they are all our kids. There are some folks, however, who don’t think that way. They see “those kids” or “the (x) kids” as others, different, unrelateable in some (or many) ways. These are not our people.
That said, we also have take a step back from our knowing that they are all our kids and recognize all kids are also not us. They are full humans made up of intersecting identities that include ways of being and doing and valuing that are sometimes the same and sometimes different. Lisa Delpit named that in this seminal work, and then she began to talk about how to teach with that in mind. Everything I do as an educator comes back to Delpit’s notion that they are ours, and they are often different, so I wanted to go back to basics and reground myself and our community in our roots. When we remember where we came from, we remember why we do what we do.
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.