“Multiplication is for White People” Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children, by Lisa Delpit

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Vol: 9, Issue: 1

Publication Year:
2015
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https://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol9/iss1/16
Author(s):
Toussaint, Sue-Lin
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Education
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As a senior in college, no other book affirmed my decision to become an urban teacher like Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit (1995). Delpit gave words to experiences in pre-dominantly Black K-12 schools like my own, where cultural conflict thrived as one of the intangible elements driving underperformance among African American students. In Other People’s Children, Delpit uncovered the reality felt by so many Black students like myself about how they are treated by White teachers. Rather than place blame or evoke guilt, she provided strategies for how to bridge cultural gaps and misunderstanding in classrooms. Not only did Delpit’s text help me to better understand my own educational experience, but it also helped me to more effectively serve urban youth from diverse ethnic communities.