Other People's Children

Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
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Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award and Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine's "great books", Other People's Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This edition features a new introduction by Delpit, as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne.

In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award-winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better "cultural transmitters" in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and "other people's children" struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

©2006 Lisa Delpit; individual essays copyright 2006 by each author (P)2016 Tantor

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A blessing to teachers, students & families.

Timeless - Provides clear insight into the need for & means to cultural awareness in classrooms.

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Wow! A must read!

If you are looking for a multicultural resource, no matter what your field, this is IT! The principles outlined by Delpit can be applied to almost any field of multiculturalism: communication, collaboration, connection, education, ministry of any kind. This book is NOT just for educators. It is for all. I am thoroughly impressed.

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Thought provoking

It's a very thought provoking book. I do wish that she would have went in details on educating poor children from various parts of the country. I also think that it would have been helpful to know size of schools and locations of the schools described. I think there would be a huge difference from small rule schools to large inter city schools. I also liked the last 2 chapters the most.

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Life changing

Absolutely amazing book. Has completely opened my eyes as a person and educator. Every educator should read this. This and simile essays and books should be required reading for all teachers.

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Teachers Open Now

This book opened my eyes to a new level of understanding and being open to learning more about the students, families and communities of our school. I only hope that I can continue this journey and better serve them all.

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A must read for teachers

This book has taught me that one shouldn’t judge someone’s knowledge just because one has a higher knowledge or degree on that person... especially when it comes to their or their loved ones education. You must consider all the factors such as race, environment, community, family, the individual...

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I would like more practical applications, but the content given is valuable. Minimum 15 words.

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Great for Educators!

Very good book which challenges ones thinking when it comes to education. in addition, it shows how important it is to be reflective and communicative I'd in the field of education and be cognisant, respectful, empathetic and inquisitive of differences amongst a population.

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love this book

i finally finished reading and listening to this book! i learned so much-about childrens growth and how they learn-i highly recommend it and to have in ones own private library 10 out of 10--this author also has TED TALKS available to research with and are a great supplemental to this book