Teaching for Change on NPR’s All Things Considered

Did you hear? Teaching for Change was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered on Friday, January 22, 2016. Teaching for Change associate director Allyson Criner Brown was interviewed by NPR’s Eyder Peralta, along with scholar Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and children’s book author Matt de la Peña in a four-minute segment on the recall of A Birthday Cake for […]

Bad Advice from NPR’s Weekend Edition on Racist Children’s Books

UPDATE The January 31, 2016 NPR Weekend Edition aired a segment, “How Do We Read Books Embedded With Racism?“, in response to critiques (read below) by Teaching for Change and many others of the January 24th segment. NPR posted some of the critiques, including one by former TFC staff member Jhonna Amelia Turner. This confirms that it is worth […]

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Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book

By Deborah Menkart A firestorm erupted when Scholastic released a children’s book early this month, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, featuring smiling enslaved people baking a cake for George Washington.  The back cover portrayed George Washington and his enslaved chef, Hercules, arm-in-arm, like best buddies. The image […]

NOT Recommended: A Birthday Cake for George Washington

UPDATE We are pleased to share that the widespread response to the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington has led to its recall by Scholastic. This is a wonderful victory in record speed. We must keep up the pressure modeled in this campaign to make sure that children learn the truth and can shape a better […]

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