Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (Hardcover)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist and The Antiracist Kid, Tiffany Jewell, this YA nonfiction book, highlighting inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college, is the most important, empowering read this year.
From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.
The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.
Contributors include New York Times bestseller Joanna Ho; award winners Minh Lê, Randy Ribay, and Torrey Maldonado; authors James Bird and Rebekah Borucki; author-educators Amelia A. Sherwood, Roberto Germán, Liz Kleinrock, Gary R. Gray Jr., Lorena Germán, Patrick Harris II, shea wesley martin, David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris, Ozy Aloziem, Gayatri Sethi, and Dulce-Marie Flecha; and even a couple of teen writers!
Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School provides young folks with the context to think critically about and chart their own course through their current schooling—and any future schooling they may pursue.
Tiffany Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist, The Antiracist Kid, and Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School. She lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc, Nipmuck, and Nonotuck.
"Through honest and powerful vignettes, Jewell’s latest stitches together a collective memoir of formative experiences of educational racism and American schooling. Unapologetic and unflinching: a critical read." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Jewell's] approach fuses the nonfiction vulnerability of memoir and the pointed, data-driven purpose of a treatise into a radical reimagining of the societal role schools play. A compelling read that persistently challenges commonly held perceptions of learning." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“[The contributors’] shared message is the same: kids deserve better, and students need to know they can stand up for their rights. The content offers much to ponder.” — Booklist
“A reflective validator for some, a view into a different experience for others, and an entry point for both connection and correction for readers overall.” — Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist
“The powerful tradition of Baldwin’s loving call to critique echoes in this brilliant [book]. A rare gift that inspires, challenges, and dares us to ‘envision what freedom in schools could be.’ I want to share this book with every student and educator in America.” — Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege
“Tiffany Jewell has a gift for getting to the guts of the thing with startling brevity and clarity. An essential book which examines not just the ‘why’ of racism but the deeply important ‘how.’” — Olivia A. Cole, author of The Truth About White Lies
“A searing, gut-punching gift of a [book]. A poignant and powerful affirmation of our shared humanity [with] multiple opportunities for honest and meaningful teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, for conversation among peers, between generations, and across boundaries. Essential.” — Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, coauthor of The Sun Does Shine: An Innocent Man, A Wrongful Conviction, and the Long Path to Justice
“Although written for young people, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School is a masterclass for teachers and parents on how to recognize inequities in the classroom and more importantly, how to begin confronting and course correcting generations of systemic racism in education.” — Christine Platt, author and literacy advocate
“Equip[s] young people with the tools they need to be actively antiracist.” — TIME on This Book Is Anti-Racist
“Help[s] young people learn in a gentle, thoughtful way.” — USA Today on This Book Is Anti-Racist
“Clear, compelling language. Thoughtful, energizing.” — Publisher Weekly (starred review) on This Book Is Anti-Racist
“Has something for all young people no matter what stage they are at in terms of awareness.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on This Book Is Anti-Racist
"Successfully combines personal experience and social and historical issues." — School Library Journal (starred review) on This Book Is Anti-Racist
"I know firsthand the profound impact [Tiffany Jewell's] teachings have. Now young people everywhere can benefit." — Jarrett J. Krosoczka, National Book Award Finalist and author of Hey, Kiddo, on This Book Is Anti-Racist