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.
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It is like he (Williams) is the wise teacher across the hall who takes the reader under his wing. My highlighter is getting a workout.
This book is a must-read for any educator or parent who is a true advocate for educational equity.
Meaningful anecdotes support the key points. The analogy of the burning house was perfect.
I am a parent of two young boys. This book helps the reader see the educator perspective.
As we continue to move forward, I count it as a blessing to join you as a fellow firefighter.
His reading resource list in the addendum is off the charts! It even includes one of my books.
“This book is full of truths and gems”
The sessions were filled with "ah-ha moments" and "Why didn't I think of that" moments. Desmond's passion and commitment to our children shone throughout his book and in the sessions. I look forward to another collaboration in the near future.
Desmond was recognized and appreciated for helping to change the negative narrative often perpetuated by the media and others into a more positive counter narrative that recognized the untapped talents and faculties latent within boys of color.