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Ratchetdemic

By: Christopher Emdin
Narrated by: Christopher Emdin
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Publisher's Summary

A revolutionary new educational model that encourages educators to provide spaces for students to display their academic brilliance without sacrificing their identities

Building on the ideas introduced in his New York Times best-selling book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, Christopher Emdin introduces an alternative educational model that will help students (and teachers) celebrate ratchet identity in the classroom. Ratchetdemic advocates for a new kind of student identity - one that bridges the seemingly disparate worlds of the ivory tower and the urban classroom.

Because modern schooling often centers whiteness, Emdin argues, it dismisses ratchet identity (the embodying of “negative” characteristics associated with lowbrow culture, often thought to be possessed by people of a particular ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic status) as anti-intellectual and punishes young people for straying from these alleged “academic norms”, leaving young people in classrooms frustrated and uninspired. These deviations, Emdin explains, include so-called “disruptive behavior” and a celebration of hip-hop music and culture.

Emdin argues that being “ratchetdemic”, or both ratchet and academic (like having rap battles about science, for example), can empower students to embrace themselves, their backgrounds, and their education as parts of a whole, not disparate identities. This means celebrating protest, disrupting the status quo, and reclaiming the genius of youth in the classroom.

©2021 Christopher Emdin (P)2021 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

Ratchetdemic is a timely and essential resource for teachers, parents, and whoever else needs this compelling and accessible and above all absolutely refreshing take on pedagogy. Here’s to more and more classrooms being filled with learning, healing and joy.” (Jacqueline Woodson, MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner for Brown Girl Dreaming)

"Offers an illuminated guide to decentering Whiteness in the classroom in order to allow students of color to thrive.... This impassioned and richly detailed call for change will strike a chord with teachers in historically marginalized communities.” (Publishers Weekly)

“What Christopher Emdin offers in Ratchetdemic is not only a call for us to uplift the rigors of bringing our full selves to the epistemological foundations associated with the pursuit of educational justice; it is also an invitation to explore the ancient truth that being a little ‘ratchet’ can be healing for all of us.” (Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools)

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This books helps break and reshape paradigms of education to eliminate noise and focus in on real education and learning. Great clarity is offered!

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This book should be a required read for all teachers and pre-service teachers. Dr. Emdin invites us into good trouble by reimagining education and then doing the work to make imagination reality.

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I'm Ratchet for Ratchetdemic

What a great book on how educators can partner with families and communities. A very student-centered book that helps to increase the capacity for educators to teach ALL students by reducing biases. Awesome read!

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Game changer

This book, read by Dr. Chris Emdin, is absolutely incredible. He encouraged me to stretch my thinking about different concepts including achievement, student outcomes, culture, and showing up authentically. I highly recommend this book to every school leader and classroom teacher, every guardian, every student. It is a relevant addition to the discussion around best practices for students and stakeholders. Emdin reflects back, posits new ideas, and challenges the status quo. This is a must read.

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Necessary for all Soldiers on the Frontlines

This book is for all of those people that want to help America reach its true potential and foster in a new age of humanity. Our students are the future and they deserve to have their educators show up whole and ready (ratchet) for the challenge.

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Nothing short of Transformative

Inspirational, having immense substance and depth for those of us seeking to transform traditional schooling models.

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I'm Headed for More Good Trouble

Brutha Emden took me to church with this pentecostal pedagogy. Totally liberating and empowering work.

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Should be required reading for all educators!

Excellent book, just saw him speak at big bang Miami. His teaching practices and principles should be implemented in all schools. This is the type of educator I wanted to be when I came to the field!

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Fantastic!

Read it now if you want to be an effective educator! Learn to be your ratchet self!

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Required Reading

This is a beautiful and insightful book and should truly be required reading for all educators.