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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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“Equity Has to Be a Priority”

“Equity Has to Be a Priority”

Converging Interests and Displacing Responsibility

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(p.25) Chapter One “Equity Has to Be a Priority”
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Educated in Whiteness
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Angelina E. Castagno

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681631.003.0002

Chapter One examines the Zion School District from the district, or central office, level. Within the district, central office leaders claimed equity as a priority but simultaneously claimed that the responsibility for failed attempts at equity resided in individual schools. When there existed a convergence of interests, some progress was made around diversity, but this progress was always narrowly defined and limited by the possessive investment in whiteness. When no such interests converged, responsibility for equity was consistently displaced elsewhere.

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

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