Teaching When the World Is on Fire

Teaching When the World Is on Fire

by Lisa Delpit (Editor)


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In this inspiring collection, the award-winning, bestselling author—and MacArthur genius—gathers all-star advice for K–12 teachers on engaging students around today's toughest issues

Is it okay to discuss politics in class? What are constructive ways to help young people process the daily news coverage of sexual assault? How can educators engage students around Black Lives Matter? Climate change? Confederate statue controversies? Immigration? Hate speech?

Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children , a classic text on cultural slippage in classrooms, has sold over a quarter million copies. In Teaching When the World Is on Fire , Delpit now turns to a host of crucial issues facing teachers in these tumultuous times. Delpit’s master-teacher wisdom tees up guidance from beloved, well-known educators along with insight from dynamic principals and classroom teachers tackling difficult topics in K–12 schools every day.

This honest and rich collection brings together essential observations on safety from Pedro Noguera and Carla Shalaby; incisive ideas on traversing politics from William Ayers and Mica Pollock; Christopher Emdin’s instructive views on respecting and connecting with black and brown students; Hazel Edwards’s crucial insight about safe spaces for transgender and gender-nonconforming students; and James W. Loewen’s sage suggestions about exploring symbols of the South; as well as timely thoughts from Bill Bigelow on teaching the climate crisis—and on the students and teachers fighting for environmental justice.

An energizing volume that speaks to our contentious world and the necessary conversations we all must have about it, Teaching When the World Is on Fire is sure to inspire teachers to support their students in navigating the current events, cultural shifts, and social dilemmas that shape our communities and our country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620974315
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 135,132
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MacArthur Award winner Lisa Delpit is the Felton G. Clark Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The author of Other People’s Children and “Multiplication Is for White People,” and co-editor (with Joanne Kilgour Dowdy) of The Skin That We Speak (all published by The New Press), she lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction Lisa Delpit xi

Politics Matters 1

I Shall Create! William Ayers 3

Teaching Politics in the Age of Trump Justin Christensen 16

The Three Illusions Julia Putnam 20

Standing Up Against Hate Mica Pollock 26

Yes, Race and Politics Belong in the Classroom H. Richard Milner IV 33

Safety Matters 39

Cops or Counselors? Pedro A. Noguera 41

How Hurricane Harvey Altered My Perspective as a Teacher Jeff Collier 51

I Was Raised to Believe Education Could Keep Me Safe Fredrick Scott Salyers 54

Calling on Omar Carla Shalaby 57

School Justice T. Elijah Hawkes 61

Race Matters 79

Don't Say Nothing Jamilah Pitts 81

Black Teachers, Black Youth, and Reality Pedagogy Christopher Emdin 86

How One Elementary School Sparked a Citywide Movement to Make Black Students' Lives Matter Wayne Au Jesse Hagopian 95

The Fire: Sarah Ishmael and Jonathan Tunstall in conversation 108

Engaging and Embracing Black Parents Allyson Criner Brown 119

Who Do I Belong To? Natalie Labossiere 128

To My Sons' Future Teacher, Colleague, Sister/Brother, Co-madre, Maestra, Comrade, Friend Crystal T. Laura 133

Gender and Sex Ed Matter 143

Sexual Harassment and the Collateral Beauty of Resistance Camila Arze Torres Goitia 145

Believe Me the First Time Dale Weiss 155

Nothing About Us, Without Us, Is for Us Hazel Edwards and Maya Lindberg in conversation 166

Climate Matters 171

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students Amy Harmon 173

Teachers vs. Climate Change Bill Bigelow 180

Culture Matters 199

Teaching Middle School Students to Advocate Carolina Drake 201

Why I Teach Diverse Literature Noah Cho 208

Love for Syria Cami Touloukian 214

Correct(ed): Confederate Public History James Loewen 226

Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Muslim Children Deborah Almontaser 229

Appendix: Books on Immigration for Young Readers Jay Fung 237

Permissions 239

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