Discussions around race and racism may be hot button topics in schools across America – but that doesn’t make the conversation any less imperative. Now a new book from IU School of Education faculty member Marcus Croom aims to make those conversations easier and provide support to teachers as they have these important discussions.
Croom, an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction, says he wrote the book, “Real Talk? How to Discuss Race, Racism and Politics in 21st Century American Schools,” in response to many indicators that educators want support and guidance on how to discuss public issues in their classes. After the Indiana Black Expo invited Croom to present about race, racism and politics during that summer event, he thought a published guide might not only help these conference participants but also teachers across America. The book includes links to valuable resources, including a free planning template.
And even though there may be unique elements about controversies that are raging in 2021 around race, there really is nothing new, Croom added, about race and racism being touchy topics in schooling—especially for school boards.