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Book argues for social justice education of wealthy white children

“What does Injustice Have to do with Me? Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice,” by David R. Nurenberg. (Rowman & Littlefield) A new book by Northampton native David R. Nurenberg argues that the social justice education of wealthy white children is an absolute prerequisite for addressing structural racism in America.

“What does Injustice Have to do with Me? Engaging Privileged White Students with Social Justice,” published in May by Rowman & Littlefield, is his first published nonfiction book; he has published two works of fiction.

Nurenberg’s newest book weaves together narrative from his 20 years of suburban teaching with relevant research in education and critical race theory to provide practical, hands-on strategies for educators addressing these topics in high-powered suburban, urban and independent schools. It argues that social justice education for privileged white students is not only critical for society, but also for helping those students emerge from a culture of anxiety and cynicism to find meaning, purpose and self-confidence, not as “white saviors” but as activist allies.

“Like it or not, these young people grow up to wield disproportionate power and influence, yet emerge undereducated and poorly prepared to navigate, let alone shape, our increasingly diverse nation,” Nurenberg said.

He pointed […]

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