The Innocent Classroom

Dismantling Racial Bias to Support Students of Color

By: Alexs Pate

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Code: 120025

ISBN: 9781760941949

No of Pages: 134

Publish Date: 17 March 2021

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When children of colour enter their classrooms each year, many often encounter low expectations, disconnection and other barriers to their success. In The innocent classroom, Alexs Pate traces the roots of these disparities to pervasive negative stereotypes, which children are made aware of before they can even walk through the school door. The cumulative weight of the stereotypes eventually takes shape as guilt, which inhibits students’ engagement, learning and relationships, and hurts their prospects for the future.

If guilt is the primary barrier for children of colour in the classroom, the solution, according to Pate, is to create an innocent classroom that neutralises students’ guilt and restores their innocence. To do so, readers will embark on a relationship ‘construction project’ in which they will deepen their understanding of how children of colour are burdened with guilt; discover students’ ‘good’, or the motivation behind their behaviours, and develop strategic responses to that good; and nurture, protect and advocate for students’ innocence.

Ultimately, students will reclaim their innocence and begin to make choices that will lead to their success. Teachers will renew their commitment to their students. And the current ineffective system can give way to one that reflects a more enlightened understanding of who our children are – and what they are capable of.

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SKU 120025
Price A$35.95
ISBN 9781760941949
Publish date 2021-03-17 00:00:00
Partner ID 1015
Partner Name ASCD
Key Learning Area Professional development, Cross-Curricular