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“This is not your typical education text, filled with quick fix solutions to the complex issues educators discuss, debate, and sometimes ignore. Rather, it is a book that forces us to reflect on our family experiences, our attitudes, our biases and to confront their impact on our families, our colleagues, our students, and their parents. No, it doesn’t provide solutions, but, more importantly, sets the stage for honest, meaningful dialogue, the first step in developing realistic action plans.” -Amazon Reviewer
Why is it so many white Americans are proud to tell you they don’t even see color? Why are they extraordinarily confident they aren’t racist?
Lori Wojtowicz has spent her life in classrooms, 35 years teaching and now traveling the country as an educational consultant. She writes not of what she taught, but of what she learned. And the lessons were not easy. Her students provided a microcosm of American society, and she was forced to confront the issue of racism in her classroom, her country, and most significantly in herself. A journey in self reflection, she presents the questions she now believes white Americans must ask of themselves if there is ever to be equity. An unusual pair, Plato and Malcolm X, and all the students served as her guides. She writes because of them.
“Reading this book, as an African American man, I felt at times like a fly on the wall, being privy to thoughts and conversations that I wouldn’t ever be privy to. Wojtowicz follows her own journey questioning the myths that White Americans envelop themselves within to insulate against honestly and sincerely dealing with the issues of race in America. What I didn’t expect to take away from reading this book, what took me completely by surprise, was how inspired I was after reading it to question my own assumptions about race and identity in America.”
Author, Sometimes When You Pursue the Beast, It Eats You Nkrumah Shabazz Steward
“For decades we have wrestled with the “achievement gap.” In Crossing The Hall experienced teacher, Lori Wojtowicz, challenges us to think more deeply about that persistent gap. To understand the gap, she writes, we must first understand ourselves, our culture, our society. She offers up her life, in and out of the classroom, for examination and reflection, and she challenges each of us to do the same with our lives. But don’t assume this book is only for teachers. This book should appeal to any and all who are concerned about our country and the direction it is currently taking. Put this book on your “must read” list.”
Founder of New School, Ann Arbor, Richard Ballard
About the Author
Lori Wojtowicz My life has been lived in classrooms. A teacher for thirty-five years, I write not of what I taught, but of what I learned. The lessons were not easy. I learned racism is alive and well, not only in our school system and American society, but also within myself. Crossing The Hall: Exposing An American Divide, strips away the myths that keep white America blind to the truth. It poses the questions that white America will need to ask of themselves if we are ever to approach true equality. I wish I had asked the questions sooner. I now work for WestEd, a nonprofit, public research, and development agency in San Francisco as a national educational facilitator.