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I Heard What You Said : A Black Teacher, A White System

Author: Boakye, Jeffrey

United Kingdom, Great Britain

Published on 25 May 2023 by PAN MACMILLAN (Picador) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 384 pages
156 x 222 x 26 | 272g

A thought-provoking and fearless exploration of how we can dismantle racism in the classroom and do better by all our students.

An Amazon Best Non-Fiction Book of The Year'Essential reading' - The Guardian'Sharp and witty with moments of startling candour' - The i'Revealing and beautifully written' - David HarewoodBefore Jeffrey Boakye was a black teacher, he was a black student. Which means he has spent a lifetime navigating places of learning that are white by default. Since training to teach, he has often been the only black teacher at school. At times seen as a role model, at others a source of curiosity, Boakye's is a journey of exploration - from the outside looking in.

In the groundbreaking I Heard What You Said, he recounts how it feels to be on the margins of the British education system. As a black, male teacher - an English teacher who has had to teach problematic texts - his very existence is a provocation to the status quo, giving him a unique perspective on the UK's classrooms.

Told through a series of eye-opening encounters based on the often challenging and sometimes outrageous things people have said to him or about him - from 'Can you rap?' and 'Have you been in prison?' to 'Stephen who?' - Boakye reflects with passion and wit on what he has found out about the presumptions, silences and distortions that underpin the experience of black students and teachers.

'Hugely important' - Baroness Lawrence'Deeply compelling, intellectually rigorous and essential' - Nels Abbey'Makes a powerful case' - Rt Hon Lady Hale

I Heard What You Said : A Black Teacher, A White System

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