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Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Angelina E. Castagno

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.001.0001
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

Educators across the nation are engaged in well-meaning efforts to address diversity in schools given the current context of NCLB, Race to the Top, and the associated pressures of standardization and ... More


“I Hate You, Dunel Trump”: Anger or Civility?

Jane Juffer

in Don't Use Your Words!: Children's Emotions in a Networked World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781479831746
eISBN:
9781479875870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479831746.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter analyzes the discourse of civility—which goes under the name of “niceness” in elementary schools—as it appears in kids’ letters to Trump during the campaign and immediately following the ... More


“Equity Has to Be a Priority”: Converging Interests and Displacing Responsibility

Angelina E. Castagno

in Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0002
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

Chapter One examines the Zion School District from the district, or central office, level. Within the district, central office leaders claimed equity as a priority but simultaneously claimed that the ... More


Engaging Multicultural Education: Safety in Sameness or Drawing Out Difference?

Angelina E. Castagno

in Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0003
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

Chapter Two examines the ways teachers at Birch and Spruce understood and engaged multicultural education as either “powerblind sameness” or “colorblind difference.” Although these framing concepts ... More


Practicing Politeness through Meaningful Silences

Angelina E. Castagno

in Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0004
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

Chapter Three discusses some of the meaningful silences around–and silencing of–race and sexuality in schools. Even though done with the best of intentions, efforts at maintaining politeness end up ... More


“It Isn’t Even Questioned”: Equality as Foundational to Schooling and Whiteness

Angelina E. Castagno

in Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0005
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

Chapter Four highlights how schools differently engage diversity and, specifically, the notion of equality. At Spruce, a powerblind, colorblind understanding of equality shaped the ways educators ... More


Obscuring Whiteness with Liberalism: Winners and Losers in Federal School Reform

Angelina E. Castagno

in Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0006
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

Chapter Five examines current federal efforts to “turnaround the nation’s worst schools” through targeted School Improvement Grants. With a foundation in individualism and classical liberalism, this ... More


Conclusion: Engagement and Struggle within the “Culture of Nice”

Angelina E. Castagno

in Educated in Whiteness: Good Intentions and Diversity in Schools

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681631
eISBN:
9781452948645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0007
Subject:
Education, Secondary Education

The concluding chapter suggests that while whiteness shapes what diversity-related policy and practice look like, the resulting policy and practice, in turn, further strengthen whiteness. Thus, ... More


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