FORT WAYNE, Ind.—How do you teach teachers to teach diversity? That’s the question explored and answered by M. Gail Hickey, professor of educational studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), and Brian K. Lanahan, assistant professor of social studies education at the College of Charleston, in their latest book, ‘Even the Janitor is White’: Exploring Multicultural Education in Small Colleges and Universities, published this summer by Peter Lang Publishing. This is Hickey’s 24th book, and is intended for use in teacher education courses dealing with diversity in K–12 schools. Twenty-two of her books are in the Scott Foresman K–6 Social Studies Series with accompanying teachers’ guides.
In describing the reasons for putting this book together, Hickey said, “The National Center for Educational Statistics says more than 42 percent of U.S. school-aged children are minorities; more than 20 percent speak a language other than English; many K–12 students’ families struggle financially, and a larger percentage than ever before claim non-Protestant religious affiliation. On the other hand, more than 75 percent of U.S. K–12 teachers are white, with the majority being female, middle class, and Protestant. White Judeo-Christian middle class teachers' worldviews are likely to be very different from the worldviews held by a majority of their students. Conflicts are likely to occur between mainstream U.S. school culture and the cultural frameworks honored in many students' homes.”
Hickey’s book presents 13 university-tested examples for teaching teachers about cultural diversity. She regularly explores cultural diversity in her classes and in her research and said the title refers to some educators' resistance to discussing diversity issues. “One teacher said there was no need to discuss diversity because there was no diversity at their school ... 'even the janitor is white'."
For more information, contact Hickey at 260-481-6458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.