A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Education, by Susan Bartley
The book acknowledges the reality that public school teachers are 82% white, while students of color comprise more than 50% of our school populations, nationally. The text asks readers to consider the ways in which public education promotes white supremacy; it examines how racism operates at the classroom, administrative, and district levels. It also discusses how white supremacy operates in teachers unions, through testing corporations (Big Ed. Money), Federal funding, and even in the architecture of school buildings. The book offers a different vision for how schools can be dramatically transformed when white educators realize and accept our role in creating and remaining complicit in a system of authoritarian control that feeds children of color directly into the school-to-prison pipeline or into a lower level of educational access. It requires fellow white educators to consider how we are complicit in a system that marginalizes adults of color from educating their own children by creating emotionally unsafe work places that cater to white, middle class values. It demands a revolutionized system in which educators and parents of color have an authentic voice in their children's education, no longer mediated by committees or boards of wealthy, powerful whites. It admits, the problem is us. It opens the door for change.