Race, Pedagogy, and the Search for Fairness

Patricia M. Cooper

in The Classrooms All Young Children Need

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226115238
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226115252 | DOI:
Race, Pedagogy, and the Search for Fairness

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This chapter elaborates the author's approach on Paley's practice as a white teacher of children of color, of black children in particular, through the three books that focus on the subject. The book White Teacher [(1979) 2000] centers on self-examination and the chapter observes the significance of this book on Paley's personal development and in the white teacher studies movement. Paley's second investigation into race in the classroom cedes center stage to community members in her book Kwanzaa and Me: A Teacher's Story (1995). The five-year-old Reeny tells the story in Paley's third work, The Girl with the Brown Crayon (1997). The chapter finds that in all these three books, Paley evolved as a fair teacher of children of color in the context of the many complex issues that accompany her efforts to recognize race and ethnic differences in the classroom.

Keywords: black children; self-examination; personal development; white teacher; community members; classroom

Chapter.  8715 words. 

Subjects: Schools Studies

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