Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal


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St. Martin's Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.3 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Bettina L. Love is the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and the bestselling author of We Want To Do More Than Survive. In 2022, the Kennedy Center named Dr. Love one of the Next 50 Leaders making the world more inspired, inclusive, and compassionate. She is a co-founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), whose mission is to develop and support teachers and parents fighting injustice within their schools and communities, having granted over $250,000 to abolitionists around the country. She is also a founding member of the Task Force that launched the program In Her Hands, distributing more than $15 million to Black women living in Georgia. In Her Hands is one of the largest guaranteed income pilot programs in the U.S. Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including abolitionist teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, educational reparations, and art-based education to foster youth civic engagement. In 2018, she was granted a resolution by Georgia's House of Representatives for her impact on the field of education.


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"Love believes decades of victimization, brutalization and belittlement of Black students by the US education system should be rectified."
--The Guardian

"A stark critique of 40 years of education policies that were deliberately crafted 'to punish Black people for believing in and fighting for their right to quality public education.' ... An impassioned plea for educational justice."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Detailed and persuasive, this is a must-read..."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"An important--though enraging and heartbreaking--read."

"Dr. Love always writes and speaks from a place of Black joy and strong abolitionist tone."
--Bucks County Beacon

"A landmark book."
--Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Antiracist

--Carol Anderson, bestselling author of White Rage

"Love is one of our fiercest advocates."
--Michael Eric Dyson, bestselling author

"An urgent call to action."
--Salamishah Tillet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Blends brilliance, warmth, and a deep commitment to the pursuit of justice for all our nation's children."
--Brittney Cooper, bestselling author of Eloquent Rage

"Accessible and deeply personal...Love's interviews with Black folks... add a tenderness and intimacy."
--Eve L. Ewing, author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard

"Love brilliantly exposes how the promise of education as a means to lift all boats and right historical wrongs is coopted by politics, strategies, euphemisms, and implicit biases that surveil and control children of color under the guise of teaching them. This is an urgent, often surprising, ultimately must-read book for anyone concerned with the pedagogy in and of our nation."
--Jonathan Metzl, author of Dying of Whiteness