Ch. 18 in The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys
About the Book:
Schools that routinely fail Black boys are not extraordinary. In fact, they are all-too ordinary. If we are to succeed in positively shifting outcomes for Black boys and young men, we must first change the way school is “done.” That’s where the eight in ten teachers who are White women fit in . . . and this urgently needed resource is written specifically for them as a way to help them understand, respect and connect with all of their students.
So much more than a call to call to action—but that, too!—The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys brings together research, activities, personal stories, and video interviews to help us all embrace the deep realities and thrilling potential of this crucial American task. With Eddie, Ali, and Marguerite as your mentors, you will learn how to:
Develop learning environments that help Black boys feel a sense of belonging, nurturance, challenge, and love at school
Change school culture so that Black boys can show up in the wholeness of their selves
Overcome your unconscious bias and forge authentic connections with your Black male students
If you are a teacher who is afraid to talk about race, that’s okay. Fear is a normal human emotion and racial competence is a skill that can be learned. We promise that reading this extraordinary guide will be a life-changing first step forward . . . for both you and the students you serve.
Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity Duke University