Black Males in the Green Mountains: Colorblindness and Cultural Competence in Vermont Public Schools

Black Males in the Green Mountains: Colorblindness and Cultural Competence in Vermont Public Schools

by Denise Helen Dunbar
     
 

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Mention the state of Vermont and images of maple syrup, scenic mountains, and progressive politics come to mind. But in addition to skiing, farming, and fall foliage, there is also a startling history of racial and religious intolerance and bigotry. Burlington is known as the birthplace of John Dewey, whose enlightened views about education reached far beyond the

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Mention the state of Vermont and images of maple syrup, scenic mountains, and progressive politics come to mind. But in addition to skiing, farming, and fall foliage, there is also a startling history of racial and religious intolerance and bigotry. Burlington is known as the birthplace of John Dewey, whose enlightened views about education reached far beyond the Green Mountains to impact schools. Yet there exist many unsavory examples of equitable education deferred for a small but growing population. Black males, especially, have not been treated fairly - suffering in silence as a disproportional number are shunted away from opportunities such as college-prep courses and instead, into special education, the principal’s office, and out the door due to suspension. This book seeks to answer the question: What is truly going on for Black males in Vermont public schools? Only those who were students in public schools across the state can really answer that question, and their perspectives help shed light on the condition of Black males in predominantly white rural spheres experiencing similar shifts in racial demographics across the nation.

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«With startling straightforwardness, Denise Helen Dunbar offers an incredible feat of a book, exposing the unspeakable: the racist underpinnings of white liberalism and its impact on the education of Black males in ‘progressive’ Vermont. What makes ‘Black Males in the Green Mountains’ important is the author's ability to incorporate contemporary racial equity theory into an exploration of every day, on-the-ground, and place-specific realities, something so often missing from similar works. What makes her book extraordinary is its voice and tone, at once reflective and critical, unsettling and inviting. I can’t wait to use this book in my multicultural and social justice education courses!» (Paul C. Gorski, founder of EdChange and Associate Professor of Education and Social Justice, New Century College, George Mason University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433117626
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Series:
Black Studies and Critical Thinking
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Helen Dunbar has 30 years of experience in the field of social justice education, working to facilitate the transformation of equitable communities where all students have opportunities to achieve. A scholar, advocate, and consultant, Dr. Dunbar founded Just Transformations, an organization dedicated to training educators to successfully foster equity and excellence within their schools.

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