The Wrong Kind of Different: Challenging the Meaning of Diversity in American Classrooms

The Wrong Kind of Different: Challenging the Meaning of Diversity in American Classrooms

By: Antonia Randolph (author)Hardback

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How can multiculturalism go wrong? Through extensive interviews conducted in a large Midwestern district, Antonia Randolph explores how teachers perceive students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and the unintended consequences of a kind of "colourblind multiculturalism." She unearths a hierarchy of acceptance and legitimacy that excludes most poor Black students and favours certain immigrant minorities. In addition, Randolph discovers how some teachers distinguish their support for certain forms of student diversity from curriculum diversity, such as accommodating bilingual education, which they find burdensome.This provocative book challenges readers to look beyond the surface benefits of diversity and raises issues about American schools that need to be addressed, including:How school diversity policy has become detached from concerns about equity and social justice.How teachers see diversity as a "good" thing as long as it doesn't inconvenience them or lower their schools' scores on standardised tests. How some immigrant children receive favourable treatment sanctioned by multicultural ideology and practice. How many Black students and schools suffer racial penalties for being "the wrong kind of different."

About Author

Antonia Randolph is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, USA.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780807753859
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9780807753859
  • ISBN10: 0807753858

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