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Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach

reviewed by Heidi McKenna & Jack McKenna - 1999

coverTitle: Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach
Author(s): Heidi McKenna and Jack McKenna
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807736376, Pages: 192, Year: 1997
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White supremacy is the dominant and pervasive feature of racism in North America. Educators committed to social justice who study its depth, resiliency and entanglement with the fundamental forms of North American culture must be prepared to work through feelings of despair when envisioning its vast scope and impact. For anti-racists committed to social equity, there are many paths to social activism: some work to record and popularize marginalized histories; some explore theoretical frameworks solid enough to create leverage for change; some work to change overtly racist social conventions and legislation. And some courageous few have determined not to wait for risk-free methodology, but to attack racism at its most fundamental level: within the thought and action of the individual citizen. The book Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach by Louise Derman-Sparks and Carol Brunson Phillips is a "how to" manual for educators interested in teaching classes "preparing adults to meaningfully and effectively use an anti-bias approach in their work..." (p. xvi). Perhaps its greater impact, however, will... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 4, 1999, p. 889-895
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10347, Date Accessed: 2/27/2021 10:32:51 PM

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  • Heidi McKenna
    University of Washington

  • Jack McKenna
    Lake Washington Schools, Kirkland, Washington

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