From the MacArthur Awardâ€“winning education reformer and author of the bestselling Other Peopleâ€™s Children, a long-awaited new book on how to fix the persistent black/white achievement gap in Americaâ€™s public schools
As MacArthur Awardâ€“winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds usâ€”and as all research showsâ€”there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.
Delpitâ€™s bestselling and paradigm-shifting first book, Other Peopleâ€™s Children, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color. Now, in â€śMultiplication Is for White Peopleâ€ť, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform effortsâ€”including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movementâ€”that have still left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement isnâ€™t for them.
In chapters covering primary, middle, and high school, as well as college, Delpit concludes that itâ€™s not that difficult to explain the persistence of the achievement gap. In her wonderful trademark style, punctuated with telling classroom anecdotes and informed by time spent at dozens of schools across the country, Delpit outlines an inspiring and uplifting blueprint for raising expectations for other peopleâ€™s children, based on the simple premise that multiplicationâ€”and every aspect of advanced educationâ€”is for everyone.