Exploring White Fragility: Debating the Effects of Whiteness Studies on America’s Schools

Click here to pre-order Chris’s new book, Exploring White Fragility: Debating the Effects of Whiteness Studies on America’s Schools, due to be released on April 11, by Rowman & Littlefield. (Click on the picture above to watch a detailed description of the book.)

“Paslay’s thorough review of attitudes and actions associated with whiteness studies and racism give voice to all sides of diversity and pluralism so that we, as a nation, can continue the ongoing conversation about how to treat each other with the respect ALL humans deserve.” –Dr. Eugenia Krimmel, education professor and ESL/Bilingual education advisor at the Pennsylvania Department of Education

“This is a brave book. Paslay reveals and cuts through the endless layers of antiracist gospel which, in the name of enlightenment, leave one cohort of brown kids after another uneducated. Aspiring teachers seeking clear eyes and genuine progressivism should start by inhaling this book.” –John H. McWhorter, associate professor of linguistics and comparative literature at Columbia University

“This well-researched, well-argued, and thoughtful book provides a clear and comprehensive account of how the theory of white fragility is dividing rather than uniting American society and America classrooms. A must-read.” –Jonathan Church, author of Reinventing Racism: Why ‘White Fragility’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Racial Inequality

“Paslay provides a thorough exposition and measured critique of the new ideology that has colonized the minds of America’s school administrators and threatens to wreak havoc on our students—especially students of color. It’s a must-read for any parent or teacher who is concerned about the soul of the next generation.” –Max Eden, education policy expert and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute

‘The Village Proposal’ to be Published by Rowman & Littlefield

Good news!  My new book titled The Village Proposal: Why Education is a Shared Responsibility is officially under contract with Rowman & Littlefield Education, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 

As described in an earlier blog post, The Village Proposal is based on the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child.  Part education commentary, part memoir, the book analyzes the theme of “shared responsibility” in education, and examines the various entities that have an impact on America’s schools.  Because teachers are the centerpiece of education, the story of my teaching career is told in alternating chapters opposite my commentary on shared responsibility.


Although a release date has not been set by the publisher, I’m working diligently with my editor and hope to see the book on the shelf and in education catalogues by the end of 2011. 


With a large portion of this writing project completed, I hope to get back into the routine of blogging; those that read this blog are aware that entries in 2010 have been few and far between.  I apologize for this.  Between family, grad school, teaching full time (including summer SLAM), and writing a book, time is limited. 


I look forward to the 2010-11 school year, and to welcoming all of my new students and their families.  I also look forward to blogging once again on Chalk and Talk, and reengaging in conversations aimed at strengthening education. 


Thanks to all of you who helped me find a publisher.  I’ll keep you posted on the release date of the book. 




Christopher Paslay