Over 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. But most don’t know that their whiteness matters. TWW seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because "white" does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. This means if you are not white or don’t adhere to those assumptions, you are abnormal or less than. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our assumptions to promote racial literacy.
In this episode, we learn about Project Lit, which was started by teacher Jarred Amato and his students at Maplewood High School. We hear from Jarred and his former student/Co-founder, Jakaylia about the need to rethink how we create readers and writers. Jarred has since switched schools and Jakaylia is now a Freshman in College, but Project Lit is still going strong.
Our season launch continues with an interview of John Biewen- host of the series, Seeing White on the podcast Scene on Radio. Biewen reflects on the evolution of his podcast, exposing historical myths, and making whiteness visible.
In this episode, we hear from Peggy McIntosh, author of, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, and also Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White. Both guests reflect on why they feel it is important to make whiteness visible.
What price are we paying for racial segregation in the classroom and what role can white teachers play in solving the problems that come with racial isolation in schools? Interviews with Ralph Wales, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., and Alethea White.