I Heard What You Said: A Black Teacher, A White System Paperback
By Jeffrey Boakye
‘Are you really a teacher?’ ‘Can I call you Mr B?’ ‘Can you rap?’ ‘Have you ever been to prison?’ ‘Stephen who?’
Jeffrey Boakye was often the only black boy in his class. And then, after training to become a teacher, a few years later, he was often teaching the handful of black students, as the only black teacher in the school.
This book recounts how that felt and how it feels. Boakye reports what he has found out along the way about the underlying habits, presumptions, silences and distortions that underpin the whole British educational system that black students, and teachers, experience. He offers sharp analysis, sharp patter and even sharper hopes for what might come.
Smart and witty, eye-opening and thought-provoking, I Heard What You Said provides an unforgettable insight into racism in modern education and sets out what we can do to change things for the better.
25 May 2023