"Multiplication Is for White People" by Lisa Delpit
Raising Expectations for Other People's Children

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



As MacArthur award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us—and as all research shows—there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.

Delpit's bestselling and paradigm-shifting first book, Other People's Children, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color. Now, in "Multiplication is for White People", Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts—including No Child Left Behind, standardized testing, the creation of alternative teacher certification paths, and the charter school movement—that have still left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher educational achievement isn't for them.

In chapters covering primary, middle, and high school, as well as college, Delpit concludes that it's not that difficult to explain the persistence of the achievement gap. In her wonderful trademark style, punctuated with telling classroom anecdotes and informed by time spent at dozens of schools across the country, Delpit outlines an inspiring and uplifting blueprint for raising expectations for other people's children, based on the simple premise that multiplication—and every aspect of advanced education—is for everyone.

About Lisa Delpit

See more books from this Author
MacArthur "genius" award winner Lisa Delpit's article on "Other People's Children" for Harvard Magazine was the single most requested reprint in the magazine's history following its publication. Delpit expanded her ideas into a groundbreaking book with the same name, which won a Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association, Choice magazine's Outstanding Academic Title award, and was voted one of Teacher Magazine's "great books." A recipient of the Harvard School of Education's award for an Outstanding Contribution to Education, she is dedicated to providing excellent education to communities both in the United States and abroad. She is a co-editor of The Real Ebonics Debate, Quality Education as a Constitutional Right, and The Skin That We Speak(The New Press). Currently the Felton G. Clark Professor of Education at Southern University, she lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Published March 20, 2012 by New Press, The. 258 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for "Multiplication Is for White People"

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Delpit feels her work in education is two-fold: She is “charged with preparing the minds and hearts of those who will inherit the earth…as a sacred trust…and the second purpose…is to build bridges across the great divides, the so-called achievement gap, the technology gap, class divisions, the ra...

| Read Full Review of "Multiplication Is for White ...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A decade after her award-winning Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom, MacArthur Fellow and education professor Delpit, her passion unassuaged, takes a fresh look at education

Jan 16 2012 | Read Full Review of "Multiplication Is for White ...

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Weaving data and anecdotes from her visits to schools throughout the country, she takes on the institutionalized racism that pervades our school system and tackles weighty issues such as America’s dependence on test-based learning and the profit-driven nature of the charter school movement.

Mar 21 2012 | Read Full Review of "Multiplication Is for White ...

Washington Independent Review of Books

welcomes Lisa Delpit to discuss and sign her new book, “Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children”.

| Read Full Review of "Multiplication Is for White ...


Capsule reviews of ‘Trip of the Tongue,’ ‘Gods Without Men,’ and Multiplication is for White People’ - The Boston Globe Give Up |

Mar 11 2012 | Read Full Review of "Multiplication Is for White ...

Reader Rating for "Multiplication Is for White People"

An aggregated and normalized score based on 46 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review