Teaching When the World Is on Fire

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In this inspiring collection, the award-winning, bestselling author—and MacArthur genius—gathers all-star advice for K–12 teachers on engaging students around today's toughest issues

“At a time of thick political and racial tensions, and of heightened worries among people of color, what is a teacher to say . . .” —from “The Kids Are Alt-Right,” BuzzFeed

Is it okay to discuss politics in class? How can teachers talk about immigration without putting undocumented students in the spotlight or at risk? What are constructive ways to help young people process the daily news coverage of sexual assault? How can educators engage students around Black Lives Matter? Climate change? Hate speech? Confederate statue controversies?

Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children, a classic text on cultural slippage in classrooms, has sold over a quarter million copies and is universally recognized as an essential guidepost for both young and veteran educators. In Teaching When the World Is on Fire, Delpit now turns to a host of crucial issues facing teachers in these tumultuous times. Anchored by a smart introduction that provides a framework for tackling difficult topics with students, Delpit’s master-teacher wisdom tees up insight from high-profile educators including Jesse Hagopian, Bill Ayers, Carla Shalaby, Christopher Emdin, Mica Pollock, and Pedro Noguera, along with critical guidance from K–12 classroom teachers and trusted resources including Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project, and Teaching Tolerance.

This timely, urgent volume is sure to inspire teachers who are eager to support their students in navigating the current events, cultural shifts, and social dilemmas that shape our communities, our country, and our world.


Books by Lisa Delpit

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

Lisa Delpit

Other People’s Children
Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

Lisa Delpit

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

Lisa Delpit, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy