Today’s teachers are covering more than just their content area. Increasingly, they are also expected to be first responders to issues of race, class, gender and sexuality, from elementary school right on up to high schools.
The following list of books is helpful for both progressive teachers looking for ways to create inclusive classrooms and for parents and general readers seeking to understand the ways in which schools address a host of issues beyond reading, writing and arithmetic.
TOP TEN MUST-READ BOOKS ON EDUCATION:
- “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Everyday Anti-Racism: Getting Real About Race in School, Mica Pollock
- Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Anti-Semitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism, ed. Maurianne Adams, et. al.
- Coming to Class: Pedagogy and the Social Class of Teachers, ed. Gary Tate
- Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, Rachel Simmons
- Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools, Elizabeth J. Meyer
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