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Educated in WhitenessGood Intentions and Diversity in Schools$
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Angelina E. Castagno

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681631

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.001.0001

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“It Isn’t Even Questioned”

“It Isn’t Even Questioned”

Equality as Foundational to Schooling and Whiteness

Chapter:
(p.107) Chapter Four “It Isn’t Even Questioned”
Source:
Educated in Whiteness
Author(s):

Angelina E. Castagno

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0005

Chapter Four highlights how schools differently engage diversity and, specifically, the notion of equality. At Spruce, a powerblind, colorblind understanding of equality shaped the ways educators understood excellence and the efforts they made to provide a high quality education to Spruce students. At Birch, however, educators engaged a more race- and power-conscious form of equality, but they were so constrained by the pressures of standardized accountability, that their diversity-related efforts were also limited and ultimately failed to approximate what was needed to advance equity..

Keywords:   Whiteness, Educational policy and practice, Schooling, Niceness, Equity, Race, Racism, Diversity, Multicultural education, Critical race theory

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