Diversifying Your Classroom Book Collections? Avoid these 7 Pitfalls

Sun, 13 Dec 2020 06:01:14 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"As protests against racial injustice spread to communities large and
small in this year, many educators have been pushed to examine how
systemic racism harms students. Some have publicly proclaimed the steps
they will take to create anti-racist schools, including diversifying
classroom and library bookshelves. That task may be easier than ever,
thanks to six years of advocacy by the We Need Diverse Books campaign.
“There’s no excuse in 2020 for the books in your classroom and the books
in your library not to be reflective of the population in the U.S. That
needs to be a goal,” said Michelle H. Martin, the Beverly Cleary
Professor for Children and Youth Services at the University of
Washington Information School. More than half of U.S. public school
students are children of color, but Martin’s exhortation is for
educators in majority-white schools, too. “If you only ever read books
by people who look like you and who live like you, that’s intellectual
poverty because you don’t ever see into the life of someone else from
their perspective,” she said."

Via Muse, who wrote "Great article about diversity in libraries for
young people"

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                *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
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