Experienced American educators discuss the impact of social inequalities created by racism and sexism on the U. S. educational system.
Sailing Against the Wind addresses the issue of inequality in U. S. education. The book includes exemplary programs to show where educators are addressing problems of racial and gender inequity. The authors are experienced practitioners who work in the educational institutions that they describe and analyze. The consistent theme is that only through political opposition to the status quo and through a demand for social justice will the system change, will inequities be eliminated, and will existing power relationships in society be altered.
Kofi Lomotey is Chair and Professor in the Department of Administrative and Foundational Services in the College of Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He edited Going to School: The African-American Experience and (with Philip G. Altbach ) The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education, both published by SUNY Press.
"This book makes the issues 'live' in the descriptions of people closest to these issues. The writing is more straightforward than in many other books and provides concrete information for guiding the preparation of teachers and administrators at all levels of education. The focus on generating specific solutions to the problems identified in the chapters is a unique and valuable contribution to the literature. " — Betty Merchant, University of Illinois
"There are many books addressing diversity, race, class, and gender. The characteristic that distinguishes this book from others is that the book deals with African Americans and each chapter illustrates a particular aspect of the life of African Americans in some educational setting. Knowing about the experiences of African Americans will help to bring us to an understanding of how that group brings rare and precious attributes to our society and to our educational institutions. " — Flora Ida Ortiz, University of California, Riverside