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Should schools be colorblind?

Hardback By Laurie Cooper Stoll
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Is being colorblind the most effective way to address overt and covert racism in schooling today? Should educators pretend that race doesn’t matter?

 Award-winning sociologist Laurie Cooper Stoll argues that, as long as society is stratified along racial lines, taking a colorblind approach will never end racial inequalities in schooling. Educators must strive to be color-conscious and actively engage in antiracism if they want to address prejudice and discrimination in education and the wider society. If not, they end up perpetuating racial inequity and white supremacy, whether intentionally or not. Drawing on her research and professional development with educators as well as her experience as a publicly elected school board member, Stoll illustrates the complexities, contradictions, and consequences of colorblindness in schools and provides concrete suggestions for people coming to racial justice work in education from multiple entry points.

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Format: Hardback, 148 pages Language: English
Dimension: 19.05cm x 12.95cm x 1.78cm ISBN10: 1509534253
Weight: 249g ISBN13: 9781509534258
Publication Date: 28 Jun 2019 Publisher: Polity Press

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Laurie Cooper Stoll is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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“This book is a great antidote to the persistent widespread belief across the country that colorblindness is the racially progressive approach to dealing with racial matters in schools. Stoll provides those concerned with racial equity a clear and direct path away from colorblind racism and towards a real commitment to substantive transformation.”Amanda Lewis, Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago“Laurie Cooper Stoll challenges and inspires us to ‘imagine the impact’ we can have if we collaborate to put equity first in our advocacy. When equity is ‘non-negotiable,’ anything is possible for all students.”Heather Du

Bois Bourenane, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Education Network“A candid and valuable book that makes clear how schools' attempts to be colorblind are counterproductive to the goals of racial equity. The lessons learned and antiracism tools offered by Stoll will help to move the needle forward on pursuits of racial justice in education. As such, this should be an essential reading for teachers, school administrators, and the community at large.”Social Forces“Stoll mobilizes vast resources. […] Intertwining knowledge and practice, [she] gives a rich and insightful account that uncovers some of the complexities and difficulties in teachers' (and schools') engagement with issues of bias, prejudice and social justice. […M]aybe more importantly, Laurie Cooper Stoll shows how scholarship, when taken beyond academia, has the potential to benefit the wider public, especially educational professionals who stand at the frontline, trying to pave a safe path for their students to walk on.”Cultural Sociology


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