Other People’s Children

Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

An updated edition of the classic revolutionary analysis of the role of race in the classroom

“A godsend . . . honest and fair, yet visionary and firm.” —Quarterly Black Review

Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic book award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine’s “great books,” Other People’s Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original publication. This anniversary edition features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne.

In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system.

Praise

“Phenomonal. . . . [This book] overcomes fear and speaks of truths, truths that otherwise have no voice.”
San Francisco Review of Books
“Here, finally, is multiculturalism with a human face.”
Teacher Magazine
“Provides an important, yet typically avoided, discussion of how power imbalances in the larger U.S. society reverberate in classrooms.”
Harvard Educational Review

Books by Lisa Delpit

The Skin That We Speak
Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom

Lisa Delpit, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

“Multiplication Is for White People”
Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children

Lisa Delpit