Set in a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse high school, the book chronicles students' engagement with one another, with a rich and challenging academic curriculum, and with questions that relate powerfully to their daily lives.
Blum, an acclaimed moral philosopher whose work focuses on issues of race, reflects with candour, insight, and humour on the challenges and surprises encountered in teaching-the unexpected turns in conversation, the refreshing directness of students' questions, the "aha" moments and the awkward ones, and the paradoxes of his own role as a white college professor teaching in a multiracial high school classroom. High Schools, Race, and America's Future provides an invaluable resource for those who want to teach students to think deeply and talk productively about race.
Publisher: Harvard Educational Publishing Group
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"The personal nature of racial identity for the students and their candid and poignant reflections on race are among the many strengths of this engaging book. Although of special interest to teachers involved in inner-city education, the book has much to offer general readers."-- K. Ryan, CHOICE
"Blum is to be commended for the manner in which his book and course move across and between many 'borders' that academics rarely cross... The book is an accessible one I strongly recommend for academics across the related fields and high school teachers, and I dare say high school students themselves--if they are looking for a challenging but relevant book. Taking his own advice, Blum leaves his comfort zone to reach new audiences, and to work across fields and sites to make an exemplary contribution." -- Tatyana Kleyn, Teachers College Record