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I Heard What You Said

by Jeffrey Boakye

Hardback $39.99

$39.99

I Heard What You Said

by Jeffrey Boakye

Hardback $39.99

$39.99

$39.99

Thought-provoking, witty and completely unafraid to call out some of the most pressing issues of our times, I Heard What You Said is a timely analysis of how we can dismantle racism in the classroom and do better by all our students.
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Before Jeffrey Boakye was a black teacher, he was a black student. Which means he has spent a lifetime navigating places of learning that are white by default. Since training to teach, he has often been the only black teacher at school. At times seen as a role model, at others a source of curiosity, Boakye’s is a journey of exploration – from the outside looking in.

In the groundbreaking I Heard What You Said, he recounts how it feels to be on the margins of the British education system. As a black, male teacher – an English teacher who has had to teach problematic texts – his very existence is a provocation to the status quo, giving him a unique perspective on the UK’s classrooms.

Through a series of eye-opening encounters based on the often challenging and sometimes outrageous things people have said to him or about him, Boakye reflects on what he has found out about the habits, presumptions, silences and distortions that black students and teachers experience, and which underpin British education.
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'Hugely important'
Baroness Doreen Lawrence
'Makes a powerful case' Rt Hon Lady Hale
'Deeply compelling, intellectually rigorous and essential' Nels Abbey
'Personal and political, profound and playful' Darren Chetty
'Written with passion, fury, knowledge and, in spite of the painful subject, wit' Patrice Lawrence

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529063745
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pub Date: 13/09/2022
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Social discrimination & inequality
    Biography & True Stories / Autobiography: literary
    Society & social sciences / Moral & social purpose of education
    Biography & True Stories / Memoirs
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 384
  • Price: $39.99

Thought-provoking, witty and completely unafraid to call out some of the most pressing issues of our times, I Heard What You Said is a timely analysis of how we can dismantle racism in the classroom and do better by all our students.
________

Before Jeffrey Boakye was a black teacher, he was a black student. Which means he has spent a lifetime navigating places of learning that are white by default. Since training to teach, he has often been the only black teacher at school. At times seen as a role model, at others a source of curiosity, Boakye’s is a journey of exploration – from the outside looking in.

In the groundbreaking I Heard What You Said, he recounts how it feels to be on the margins of the British education system. As a black, male teacher – an English teacher who has had to teach problematic texts – his very existence is a provocation to the status quo, giving him a unique perspective on the UK’s classrooms.

Through a series of eye-opening encounters based on the often challenging and sometimes outrageous things people have said to him or about him, Boakye reflects on what he has found out about the habits, presumptions, silences and distortions that black students and teachers experience, and which underpin British education.
________

'Hugely important'
Baroness Doreen Lawrence
'Makes a powerful case' Rt Hon Lady Hale
'Deeply compelling, intellectually rigorous and essential' Nels Abbey
'Personal and political, profound and playful' Darren Chetty
'Written with passion, fury, knowledge and, in spite of the painful subject, wit' Patrice Lawrence

Author Information

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster, educator and journalist with a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture. Originally from Brixton in London, Jeffrey has taught secondary English for fifteen years. He is the author of several books: Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime; Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored; What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions; Musical Truth: A Musical Journey through Modern Black Britain; and I Heard What You Said. He is also the co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Add to Playlist. He now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two sons.

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