For the past year, I've been working part-time as the Senior Editor for Teaching While White, a website dedicated to help white educators develop the cultural competencies to serve all children well across the racial spectrum.
For readers who have not checked out the site, I encourage you to do so — and to share the link with your friends in the field of education.
Recent posts include "The Things They Made Me Carry: Inheriting a White Curriculum," an essay by educator Thu Anh Nguyen about both her frustrations in having to constantly teach books by predominantly white authors and the broader damage she believes a limited literary perspectives has on all students. She writes: "How could I teach The Things They Carried [by Tim O'Brien], which is about what white men carried, and also be a Vietnamese immigrant, the daughter of a man who fought alongside Americans in the Vietnam War, and then was imprisoned for it? How could I teach Tim O’Brien’s version of the Vietnam War that actually has no Vietnamese people in it?"
Also for the blog, diversity practitioner Jen Cort wrote, "It's Not About Being Liked" — an honest examination of the tendency among some whites who engage in diversity work to expect to be thanked and liked by people of color. "Listening and learning don't come easy for those in the dominant culture," she writes. But it's essential if white educators want to serve their students and colleagues of color well.
In all, the website has uploaded 16 articles, 5 podcasts, a handful of student stories, and wide range of resources. Please join us in this ongoing conversation on how we improve education for all students.