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For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too

Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

A Race, Education, and Democracy Series Book

Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education.

Author: Christopher Emdin

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Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on and approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student's culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike-both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the "Seven C's" of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.

Lively, accessible, and revelatory, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.

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"Christopher Emdin's For White Folks is essential reading for all adults who work with Black and Brown young people. In crisp and elegant form, he brilliantly weaves together an archive of literary, academic, and what he terms 'neoindigenous' forms of knowledge to develop critical theory. Emdin draws upon the intellectual and creative gifts that emerge from the students and their traditions and challenges and unravels the widespread fiction that they are incapable, unprepared and uninterested in school. Ultimately, he sets forth best pedagogical practices to replace ones that repeatedly fail. Throughout, Emdin shares his own vulnerable and revelatory personal narrative as a student and educator in vivid and captivating detail. His prose is engaging, poignant, and humorous at times, and his book is accessible and broadly appealing. Yet it is also filled with exceptional intellectual sophistication and necessary wisdom for the future of education." -Imani Perry, author of Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop

"For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too is an important addition to the field of teacher education. From hip-hop to high theory, Christopher Emdin takes us on a journey that is at once critical and compassionate, analytical and actionable. Through rich stories and well-developed frameworks, For White Folks offers a compelling and accessible roadmap for anyone (not just white folks!) teaching 21st century urban youth. It also confirms Christopher Emdin's reputation as one of the most important education scholars of our generation." -Marc Lamont Hill, author of Beats, Rhymes, And Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity and Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies at Morehouse College

"Christopher Emdin's For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too is a brilliant, blistering and bracing call to arms for those who teach and learn in urban America. Pivoting effortlessly from street vernacular to sophisticated theory without losing the common touch-or the lovely language and lucid thought-Emdin reminds us that the children and young people who throng our urban schools are worthy of every attempt to sharpen their minds and prepare them for a satisfying life far beyond the classroom. If you're looking for the revolutionary meaning, and imaginative transformation, of teaching for the real America, you're holding it in your hands! Christopher Emdin is Jonathan Kozol with swag!" -Michael Eric Dyson, author of The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and The Politics of Race in America

"A generation ago Ntzoke Shange gave us a 'choreopoem.' Today, Christopher Emdin offers us a 'pedagopoem.' This volume is a powerful dance of teaching and art. It engages both the art and science of what teachers must do to be successful with ALL students. It is simultaneously lyrical and analytic, scientific and humanistic, a work of the heart and the mind. It belongs in every teachers' library!" -Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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