Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pg. 99: Lisa Delpit's “'Multiplication Is for White People'”

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit.

About the book, from the publisher:
Why you trying to teach me to multiply, Ms. Lisa? Black people don’t multiply, black people just add and subtract.
"Multiplication Is for White People"

As award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us—and as all research shows—there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.

Delpit’s bestselling and paradigm-shifting first book, Other People’s Children, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color. Called “phenomenal” (San Francisco Review of Books) and “a godsend [that is] honest and fair, yet visionary and firm” (Quarterly Black Review), it received multiple awards and continues to garner high acclaim. Now, in “Multiplication Is for White People”, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—that still have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher math isn’t for them.

In her wonderful trademark style, punctuated with telling classroom anecdotes and informed by time spent at dozens of schools across the country, Delpit outlines an inspiring and uplifting blueprint for raising expectations for other people’s children, based on a simple premise: multiplication is for everyone.
Learn more about "Multiplication Is for White People" at the publisher's website.

The Page 99 Test: "Multiplication Is for White People".

--Marshal Zeringue