Nov 22, 2019
"Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children
Posted by Lisa Delpit

As MacArthur award winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us and as all research shows there is no achievement gap at birth In her long awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that hAs MacArthur award winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us and as all research shows there is no achievement gap at birth In her long awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.Delpit s bestselling and paradigm shifting first book, Other People s Children, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color Now, in Multiplication is for White People , Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement that have still left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement isn t for them.In chapters covering primary, middle, and high school, as well as college, Delpit concludes that it s not that difficult to explain the persistence of the achievement gap In her wonderful trademark style, punctuated with telling classroom anecdotes and informed by time spent at dozens of schools across the country, Delpit outlines an inspiring and uplifting blueprint for raising expectations for other people s children, based on the simple premise that multiplication and every aspect of advanced education is for everyone.

  • Title: "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children
  • Author: Lisa Delpit
  • ISBN: 9781595580467
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Multiplication Is for White People Raising Expectations for Other People s Children As MacArthur award winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us and as all research shows there is no achievement gap at birth In her long awaited second book Delpit presents a striking picture of the ele


    Well, this is a pisser. To be clear: Delpit is a strong writer covering a topic that's sure to enrage almost everyone: that is, public education in the US. The short version is vast amounts of money from the Gates and Walton foundations (among other sources) haven't helped, except to divert energy and money away from public schools. No Child Left Behind hasn't helped, except to divert billions away from any actual education and into private companies producing the loathed tests and test-prep mat [...]


    I am all over the place on Lisa Delpit’s latest book on educating “poor black children,” probably because Delpit is a little all over the place. She makes a plethora of excellent points, but in a fashion that is overly wordy (I know, pot calling the kettle black here; wait, I didn’t mean it that way!), puzzlingly organized, and admittedly angry (“I am left in my more cynical moments with the thought that poor black children have become the vehicle by which rich white people give money [...]


    Very interesting book on teaching African American children in general (not just math). There were lots of things in it that made me think. I actually tore the post-its I was using to mark pages into smaller & smaller pieces so I could mark more pages (no I didn't get more--just lazy I guess). I am not a teacher, but I do work in a school and it really made me think about how I respond to children of color based on my own world view and how an can change that based on what I learned from thi [...]

    Kristin Wooten-Oby

    Read this book for a class on poverty and children. I enjoyed how Delpit used real life experiences to show how different we are taught to look at ourselves. Great read.


    I read this as a professional development summer read for work. I recommend this for all teachers. It is a powerful testament and reminder to look at each child individually and without assumptions.

    SJ Loria

    Two Articles and the Education ImplicationsOne of my students was telling the class how she was the only black student in her previous school (a private school). I asked her “which school do you like better?”“Well, here I feel more welcome, there I learned more.”Recently I was debating a friend and I asked him, well, what’s the end goal of education? He responded to build a sense of community, I responded that the end goal of American education is to instill individual excellence so a [...]


    3.5 stars. I have definitely mixed feelings about this book. Consistently throughout the book, the best points and best research were citations of other people's work. As a compilation of research on education and race, it's excellent. I highlighted a lot of points, from the fact that we spend more instructional time on behavior modification in low-income schools (using techniques no one would dare use in middle-class and upper-class schools) and thus it's no surprise there's less learning, to t [...]


    MacArthur Fellow and education professor Lisa Delpit (author of the seminal book Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom) takes on the “pedagogy of poverty” in this exploration of why education is still failing poor students of color. She charges that in spite of the fact that America has a black president,“…we are far from a color-blind society, that African Americans are still devalued, stigmatized, and made invisible.”In particular, she points to “microaggre [...]


    Better for instructors or those working towards teaching rather than for a general freshman comp class. I don't know that I learned anything "new" per se, but it was good to see this from another perspective. Many of my students who read this did express that they finally felt like someone "got it," and they were hopeful that future K-12 students would benefit from teachers who read/will read this.


    Very informative and interesting. Just don't be fooled by the names of the different parts of the book. I almost skipped "Part Two: Educating the Youngest" and "Part Four: University and Beyond" because I thought they wouldn't apply to me, but there was much more in both of these parts than information about educating young students and college students. Read it all!

    Camille Kehoe

    This was a very thought provoking book on educating disadvantaged African-American, Hispanic, and other youth. It gave really good strategies for how to approach pedagogy with this population, with an understanding that teachers should be culturally competent. A must read for all teachers.


    "Other People's Children" had been on my reading list for a while but "Multiplication is for White People" beat it to my library first. I first encountered "Multiplication is for White People" when it was splashed across the screen on new school year staff orientation at my internship school. I had recently read "Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria" and was looking to deepen my knowledge on ways to approach my own biases when I work with African American/Black students. [...]


    This book, primarily written for educators (or so it seemed to me), explored some really interesting concepts regarding why children of color don't tend to fare well in school. It talks about other people's (teachers and principals) expectations about what a child is capable of, depending on that child's background and the educator's attempts to challenge or overcome both real and perceived barriers to learning. My main quarrel with this book is about its complete focus on black/African American [...]


    There were some good pieces in her narrative but I was looking for more. I do appreciate that this is a tough subject to tackle and can lead to a whole lot of misunderstandings. However, the reality in some urban areas such as the one I work with, is that the majority of students are minorities and the majority of the teachers/administrators are not. I do believe that this can lead to misunderstandings particularly around parental involvement and procedural school-based issues. I was hoping that [...]


    Lisa Delpit has written another powerful book, and in fact, I believe that this most recent work delivers more than Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, as her analysis and outlook have deepened and become more rounded. With a focus particularly trained on improving the education provided to African American students (and exposing the many ways in which the current educational system not only fails but tragically harms these students), Delpit points us in the direction of [...]


    The book makes important points, and Lisa Delpit is truly qualified to make them (and be very angry about them). Some of the points she makes are taken for granted, which made me think how many leaps of faith I had to make as a reader. For example, on page two, she claims she has seen photos of a 48 hour old baby "bolt upright" in Uganda. That to me set the scene of taking a lot of her evidence with a pinch of salt (could the age be misrepresented? Have you ever seen a baby that young do that?). [...]


    This book was my Thanksgiving Break homework, and I have to say it was eye-opening. I've attended lot of professional develpment, staff meetings, and and seminars centering around closing the achievement gap, but Delpit not only presented my with new perspectives and data, she also challenged the data I'd held as foundational.Some of the breakthrough thoughts: the negative effects of desegregation in that it nearly eliminated educational and administration positions from black people, replacing [...]

    Jenny GB

    I unfortunately couldn't get my hands on Other People's Children before reading this book so it was my first time reading anything by Lisa Delpit. I enjoyed her thoughts, suggestions, and challenges for educators. As a teacher myself, I work with a large minority population at school every day. I feel most of her ideas would not only be good for black students or even just minority students, but all students. All students need a challenging curriculum with supportive teachers. All students need [...]

    John Huber

    I definitely enjoyed Delpit's latest book, although there wasn't a ton that was terribly new in terms of content. Delpit's style is clear and apparent, and readers of Delpit's Other People's Children will feel like they are in familiar territory. It's also pretty clear in reading the book that Delpit wrote this book, in part, as a response to the criticism that she received following the publication of Other People's Children - namely, that by calling for teachers of low-income students to empha [...]

    Jody Silver

    Accessible reading relating to children and youth of color and how they achieve (or don't) in our school systems. Must read for all educators!

    Mark Isero

    I like Lisa Delpit, but this book misses the mark. I love the provocative title, and in general, I like the idea of "school-dependent" children and our responsibility to teach them. However, once Ms. Delpit goes from theory to practice, her examples become less rigorous. She launches into feel-good anecdotes about teachers with heroic qualities who are doing amazing things. This kind of writing sometimes leaves me inspired, but this time, I was less than awed.Along the way, Ms. Delpit decries th [...]

    Charlotte Osborn-bensaada

    Lisa Delpit builds on her 20 years working with schools and her children's experience to articulate what she see's going right and wrong in education. As a white mother in a system that is predominantly not, I thought this book would offer some insights and it does, but I also think its arguments need to be sorted out more. So this is what I took from it--Lots of uneven teaching out there, even by senior people-Race still matters a lot, as does class, but Delpit seems to conflate the two and I w [...]

    Yamil Baez

    This book provided just what I needed at this time which was some framing ideas, some paths to follow and the inspiration to stay strong as an educator. However, the book feels like it was rushed- a bit unpolished, a bit rough around the edges. I am left with some questions but I don't think that this is a bad thing. I just hope that I've gotten enough to help me find answers as my primary goal is to contribute to providing education to all our children. Also, because Delpit uses many anecdotes [...]


    One of the most influential books I have read. The title comes from a quote from a child. The first premise is "there is no achievement gap at birth and the infinite capacity" of all children. Ms Delpit asks us as educators to, "take up the cause of those who are so often dismissed by the system. That means never giving up on them; refusing to accept failure; being their advocates and pushing them and the systems that block their success " page 192Lisa Delpit points out to us that all children c [...]

    Amber Dawn

    "Multiplication is for White People" was my first book by Lisa Delpit. The title provokes lots of discussion; everyone who saw me reading it wanted to discuss the book. Also, it's reminiscent of something a student told me ("Miss, grammar is for white people; I just speak.") The theory sections are well-written. Delpit asks hard questions and uses research to support her opinions. She also brings up great ideas to implement in the classroom.However, Delpit admits she is biased and angry. The cyn [...]

    Jenna Willson

    I read Delpit’s newest work, "Multiplication is for White People:" Raising Expectations for Other’s Peoples Children first and loved it. Delpit brought up many issues that I have unfortunately seen first had in my school: lowered expectations because of race. She also addresses Ruby Payne’s deficit model of thinking in regards to children who are living in poverty and critiques everything that is wrong with it. I haven’t studied Payne in depth; after reading Delpit, part of me wants to a [...]


    This is a truly excellent book about education and how minority status (especially race) play into the American educational system. It is not always easy to read. There are some examples that are truly heartbreaking (view spoiler)[ When Delpit described the man in a GED program who was hiding his work from her because he knew that it was infantilizing him (he was coloring a turkey) I wanted to cry.(hide spoiler)], but they are really important. Too often success in education is related to hard w [...]


    I had mixed feelings on this book. I found the first portion of the book that focused more on research and statistics on the disparity in learning among different races and economic statuses useful and intriguing. There were many moments within the book where I felt certain concepts and controversial ideas we taken somewhat out of context - which was quite likely intentional - but I feel led to more of an argumentative attitude rather than a collective "let's work on this together" stance. I who [...]


    “…then you are creating for your students, as Professor Bill Trent once said about his own warm demander teachers, ‘a future we could not even imagine for ourselves.’” Lisa Delpit offers the most comprehensive criticism of education for "other people's children" that I have read to-date. However, her tone is so hopeful. Drawing on anecdotal examples of excellent teachers, the psychology of bias, stereotype threat and deficit thinking, and her conversations and observations of her own d [...]

    Barbara Lovejoy

    This is the book for the next Education Week Book Club. I loved "Other People's Children" by Lisa Delpit so was really looking forward to reading this book. Even though it was directed mainly to those working with African American children, I felt that the same concepts applied to Hispanic children. The author has some great insights we'll want to remember as we work with our Esperanza learners. On 5-26-12 I watched BOOKTV with Lisa Delpit the guest. Great program that can be found at booktv/Pro [...]

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