Learning from the Path of Our Better Selves

Author(s): Angela M. Leslie, Rose M. Borunda

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2021

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Currently, our country is increasingly becoming more polarized and divided. This book seeks to bridge the cross-cultural gaps in discussions about racism and other isms in the classroom. We have concluded that there needs to be more empowering and inclusive messages for all of our students. Having conversations about race that result in further division and tension causes students to diverge into different paths of “us” and “them.” How can we bring people together?

Our solution is to illuminate important key white humanists who risked their lives to advance racial justice and who worked alongside notable black activists for the same causes during a time of enslavement where their alliances seemed more unlikely. In highlighting the courageousness of white humanists, we are not viewing them as “saviors” but as complex individuals who evolved over time to follow black activists to the right side of justice. We try to balance the empowerment of all people, emphasizing their mutual paths and shared alliances.

It is our hope that the lessons in this pilot book would incite students to choose the path of engagement and a higher level of thinking in examining the social justice issues of the past and the present. To better understand the present-day discourse surrounding race, we will examine how these topics were addressed in the 1800s to show students how change can occur today. A critical discourse that centers on a humanist pedagogy is a key strategy educators can use to slowly eradicate the injustices of the past.

Part 1: Lived Humanism
Chapter 1: Red-Hearted Rebels and Misfits
Chapter 2: Insane or Humanists?
Chapter 3: Call "It" what "It" is
Chapter 4: Who is in Your Circle?
Chapter 5: Actions Speak (and Heal) Louder Than Words
Chapter 6: Women Who Walk Ahead
Chapter 7: Teachers Who Dared
Chapter 8: Long Walk to School

Part II: Activating Humanism - Bridging the Gap
Chapter 9: Dead White Men, Presidents and Generals
Chapter 10: The Mis-Education of the Euro-American Child
Chapter 11: Not for the Meek of Heart
Chapter 12: You Are My Other Me
Chapter 13: Healing the Soul Wound
Chapter 14: Transcendent Identity: Above the Smog Line
Chapter 15: Staying Silent about Racism is Complicity: Abolitionist Teachers Speak Up and Take Action

Angela M. Leslie

Dr. Leslie is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento.  Her research has centered on the underrepresentation of Latinas in K-12 history books and the lack of women of color in high school government textbooks.  She teaches courses that center on how institutional practices and policies influence gender, race, and socioeconomic disparities in education and society.

Rose M. Borunda

Professor Rose Borunda, Interim Director for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program, teaches in the Master of Science in Counselor Education program and serves as Core Faculty in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program. Her experience in child abuse prevention and school counseling fostered her interest in social justice. From teaching at D-Q University, a tribal college, and consulting for UC Davis Tribal TANF program, she gained insight to the capacities of resilient communities. Her first book, What is the Color of Your Heart? promotes the capacities of positive identity development and cross racial bridge building. Lessons from her “first teachers” served as a major inspiration for her second publication, Speaking from the Heart: Herstories of Chicana, Latina, and Amerindian Women.

Related ISBN's: 9781792475931




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