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Taking It Personally: Racism in the Classroom from Kindergarten to College


reviewed by Tamara Beauboeuf-LaFontant — 2002

coverTitle: Taking It Personally: Racism in the Classroom from Kindergarten to College
Author(s): Ann Berlak & Sekani Moyenda
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 1566398762, Pages: 204, Year: 2001
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While the need for discussions and analyses of racism are well documented in the educational literature, few studies unite theory and practice, intellect and emotion, professors of education and classroom teachers, learning and personal change.  Taking it Personally: Racism in the Classroom from Kindergarten to College , by Ann Berlak and Sekani Moyenda, is a bold and nontraditional approach to bringing these together, and it accomplishes such unions through its focus on racism as a visceral experience.  As the title suggests, the authors – a white adjunct professor of elementary education and a black elementary school teacher, respectively -- expose the messy, irrational, and uncomfortable aspects of race – aspects which they powerfully argue do not disappear among teachers when avoided, but which emerge in the very troubling and harmful interactions of such educators with children and adults of color.    Taking it Personally is divided into three parts.  The first section details each author’s racial autobiography, revealing some of the formative educational experiences that have created Moyenda’s “Black... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1009-1011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10900, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 8:09:17 AM

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  • Tamara Beauboeuf-LaFontant
    DePauw University
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    TAMARA BEAUBOEUF-LaFONTANT is an assistant professor of Education and Sociology at DePauw University. Her research interests examine gender and race in the lives of women teachers. She is the author of “A movement against and beyond boundaries: Politically relevant teaching among African American teachers” (1999, Teachers College Record), and “A womanist experience of caring: Understanding the pedagogy of Black women teachers” (March, 2002, The Urban Review,).
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