In Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Glenn E. Singleton presents and unpacks a foundational framework for discussing race within the context of education.
Singleton offers a protocol for engaging in what he terms “courageous conversations.” He argues that in order to achieve healing and equity in schools, we must continually unpack how race is a significant factor in the educational experiences of all.
Four Agreements of Courageous Conversation
- stay engaged.
- speak your truth.
- experience discomfort.
- expect and accept non-closure
Singleton suggests the following three questions as a starting point:
- Why do racial gaps exist?
- What is the origin of the racial gaps?
- What factors have allowed these gaps to persist for so many years?
[A] race-blind approach and strategy encourages educators to blame students for what they bring to school, something over which educators ultimately have little personal control over, and therefore, for which they can feel little responsibility.
With consciousness comes action, and with action comes transformation.
This book outlines a strong foundational framework for discussing race, and its target audience seems to be those newer to these discussions. I wonder – are there readings that continue building on these practices and ideologies? Furthermore, how would Singleton’s framing shift if the educational workforce wasn’t primarily composed of white women?
Ultimately, this is a clear and rich resource for discussing race and equity in schools.
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