This book examines and confronts the passive and often unconscious racism of white teacher education students, offering a critical tool in the effort to make education more equitable. Sherry Marx provides a consciousness-raising account of how white teachers must come to recognize their own positions of privilege and work actively to create anti-racist teaching techniques and learning environments for children of color and children learning English as a second language.
"Drawing from data she collected through participant-observations, interviews , and journal entries, Marx engages her readers with an articulate style, an honest tone, and a skillful use of her participants’ narratives which she seamlessly weaves through the book…Even though racism remains difficult to address, Marx provides a much needed blueprint for teacher educators to follow by highlighting seven steps…[that exemplify] how critical reflection and praxis are effective means of countering the invisible and passive racism that pervade our schools."--Soria E. Colomer, Education Review (April 2009)
The Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series explores issues of social justice—diversity, equality, democracy, and fairness—in classrooms and communities. "Teaching/learning" connotes the essential connections between theory and practice that books in this series seek to illuminate. Central are the stories and lived experiences of people who strive both to critically analyze and challenge oppressive relationships and institutions, and to imagine and create more just and inclusive alternatives.