How to be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

What if we measured intelligence by how knowledgeable individuals are about their own environments? What if we measured intellect by an individual’s desire to know? What if we realized the best way to ensure an effective educational system is not by standardizing our curricula and tests but by standardizing the opportunities available to all students?”

As a fourth grade teacher I don’t think anything infuriates me more than standardized testing. It is an insidious stain on public education that we should completely get rid of. It’s built on the ideas of white supremacy. I hate them. So Ibram X. Kendi’s chapter titled “Behavior” spoke to me. It was loud and clear. ⠀

This book should be required reading for all Americans. He weaves the story of racist ideas through his own anecdotes. He lays bare the shame of the racist ideas he held in the past, coaxing you to do the same by showing you the history of those ideas and how they developed. He is an amazing teacher. This was inspiring and easily accessible. It made me feel like change is possible and Kendi gives clear guidance on how to be a better activist. I’m only disappointed I didn’t read it sooner. I’m ready to dig into “Stamped,” which I know people love

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