The house is ablaze! What are we going to do? This is the question posed by award-winning educator and former principal, Desmond Williams. His first book, The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America is a manifesto on the issues confronting Black boys in today’s schools.

Speaking from the perspective of a teacher, principal, parent, and concerned citizen, Williams confronts issues on Black boys with a fresh perspective. He tackles disengagement, anti-intellectualism, the relevance gap, the school-to-prison pipeline, relationship building, special education referrals and whiteness as individual houses on fire within a house. Williams offers a divergent framework for viewing these problems and provides workable solutions to extinguish the flames.

Armed with data and expert experience, Williams’s work is shifting the paradigm on how to best educate boys of color for the 21st century. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s post-civil rights thinking, Williams challenges readers to evaluate the educational gains of African American males. Williams references a myriad of scholars including, Henry Giroux, Lisa Delpit, Dr. Janice Hale, Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Robert L. Williams, Dr. Cheryl Matias and many others. If teachers want to firefight for Black boys, this book is a must read.

4 reviews for The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America – 2nd Edition

  1. Dr. Leanne Stephens

    “This book is full of truths and gems”

    -Dr. Leanne Stephens

  2. Kristie Simmons

    This books is excellent and insightful. But it is also helpful and practical as a classroom teacher

  3. Unknown

    We used this book for a book talk. It is an excellent resource and Desmond was able to lead a few of the discussions. The text is well thought out, I learned a lot. This book should be in the conversation about one of the best books on education reform, especially how it relates to Black boys

  4. Ryan Hawkins

    This book is great. It has lots of practical tips. But Williams also tackles the political landscape and how educational control is striped from Blacks. The chapter on special education…That part

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