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Talking Race in the Classroom

reviewed by Melissa Weiner - 2006

coverTitle: Talking Race in the Classroom
Author(s): Jane Bolgatz
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745472, Pages: 153, Year: 2005
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Talking about race in the classroom is a necessary but often difficult experience for many teachers.  For anyone interested but unsure about how to do this Jane Bolgatz’s Talking Race in the Classroom is a wonderful starting place to learn how to engage students in racially based discussion. Actually, this book is a must read for all teachers who should aspire to or are unsure of their abilities to integrate discussions about race in their classrooms. While not a new topic, Bolgatz’s comprehensive and easy-to-read book shows readers the difficulties, complexities, and consequences of these discussions using both explicit examples of what to do and implicit directives for positive results.  Without advocating for classes specific to race, Bolgatz encourages teachers to address race in all classrooms and to develop students’ racial literacy, regardless of the topic. To do so, she integrates her own experiences with time spent in a high... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 29-32
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12068, Date Accessed: 5/13/2021 11:37:59 PM

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  • Melissa Weiner
    University of Minnesota
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    MELISSA F. WEINER is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota. Her interest areas include race and ethnicity, education, social movements, and historical sociology. She is currently working to complete her dissertation which examines identity narratives in the context of protests by Jews, in the 1910s and 1920s, and Blacks, in the 1950s, against the New York City public schools.
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