Teaching Class

Teaching Class, Classism, and Cross-Class Communication

Watch the workshop on class

Basic Readings on Class, Classism, and Cross-Class Communication

Readings for diversity and social justice, 4th edition. (2018). Edited by Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W., Catalano,

C.J.C., DeJong, K., Hackman, H., Hopkins, L., Love, B., Peters., M., Shlasko, D. & Zúñiga, X.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. (2012). Michelle Alexander.

Where We Stand: Class Matters. (2000). bell hooks.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity. (2005). Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel. New York: New Press, 2005.

Class Matters. Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle Class Activists. (2005). Betsy Leondar-Wright. New Society Publishers.

Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. (2014). Betsy Leondar-Wright.

You Call This a Democracy? Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Really Decides. (2004). Paul Kivel.

Classified: How to stop hiding your privilege and use it for social change. Pittleman, Karen, and Resource

Generation. http://www.classifiedbook.com/. This whole book is available for free download.

The color of wealth – The story behind the U.S. racial wealth divide. (2006). Lui, M., Robles, B., Leondar-Wright, B., Brewer, R., & Adamson, R., with United for a Fair Economy.

Queerly Classed. Gay men and Lesbians Write about Class. (1997). Susan Raffo, Editor.

Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing. (1996). Linda Stout. Beacon Press.

Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. (2003). Michelle Tea, Editor. Seal Press.

Who Rules America. 7th edition. (2013). G. William Domhoff. Supplementary resources available at  http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/.

Resources for Educators

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd ed. (2016). Adams, Bell, Goodman & Joshi, Eds. Classism chapter.

Pedagogy of the Poor: Building the Movement to End Poverty. (2011). Willie Baptist & Jan Rehmann.

Classified: How to stop hiding your privilege and use it for social change. Pittleman, Karen, and Resource

Generation. http://www.classifiedbook.com/. This whole book is available for free download.

Created Equal curriculum on class and classism for middle schoolers: https://classism.org/programs/created-equal/

Late to Class: Social Class and Schooling in the New Economy. (2007). Jane Van Galen and George Noblit, editors.

Story of Solutions http://storyofstuff.org/movies/the-story-of-solutions/

Teaching Economics as if People Mattered. http://www.teachingeconomics.org/ Lots of activities, lesson plans and other teaching resources.

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use these materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. https://www.tolerance.org/

Some Critiques of Rudy Paynes "Bridges Out of Poverty" training model (ubiquitous in human services and K-12 teacher education)

Dworin, Joel and Bomer, Randy. (2008). What We All (Supposedly) Know about the Poor: A Critical

Discourse Analysis of Ruby Payne's "Framework". English Education 40(2), 101-121.  https://www.jstor.org/stable/40173273?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Gorski, Paul C. (2008) 'Peddling Poverty for Profit: Elements of Oppression in Ruby Payne's Framework', Equity & Excellence in Education, 41:1, 130 – 148. http://www.edchange.org/publications/Peddling-Poverty-Payne.pdf

Gorski, Paul C. (2006). Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne's Framework. Rethinking Schools 21(2), http://grdg526.pbworks.com/f/Savage+Unrealities+-+Volume+21+No.+2+-+Winter+2006+-+Rethinking+Schools+Online.pdf

Organizational websites for more info

Class Action! www.classism.org

Full bibliography: http://www.classism.org/resources/bibliography

Further list of relevant resources: https://classism.org/resources/resources-for-class-and-education/

Resource Generation. https://resourcegeneration.org/

Resources for teaching about class