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"Multiplication Is for White People"

Raising Expectations for Other People?s Children

By Lisa Delpit

About the Book

Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children—which has sold more than a quarter-million copies to date—is a paradigm-shifting, highly acclaimed exploration of the cultural slippage between white teachers and students of color. In her long-awaited and now bestselling second book, ""Multiplication Is for White People,"" the award-winning educator reflects on the last fifteen years of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—that have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement is not for them.

Hailed as ""illuminating"" (Publishers Weekly), ""thought-provoking"" (Harvard Educational Review), and a ""much-needed review of the American educational system"" (Kirkus Reviews), ""Multiplication Is for White People"" is a passionate reminder that there is no achievement gap at birth. Poor teaching, negative stereotypes, and a curriculum that does not adequately connect to poor children’s lives conspire against the prospects of poor children of color. From K-12 classrooms through the college years, Delpit brings the topic of educating other people’s children into the twenty-first century, outlining a blueprint for raising expectations based on a simple premise: that all aspects of advanced education are for everyone.