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Race to Equity

Disrupting Educational Inequality

by Tim McCaskell

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category: Education
published: 2005
publisher: Between the Lines

Race to Equity is a dazzling, detailed view from the inside of the experiments, successes, and mistakes in the Toronto Board of Education's quest to provide truly equitable education for a diverse student body. For almost three decades McCaskell and his colleagues fought to reshape the system. Their attempts to deliver anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-homophobia education garnered national and international attention. McCaskell's astute blend of personal reflection and political theory illuminates a time of significant social struggle, cultural transformation, and deep learning. Drawing on a number of sources?his own memories, interviews with key participants, Board minutes, academic theory on different aspects of the work, and the wealth of documents produced along the way?McCaskell traces narrative threads through the "booming buzzing confusion" of institutional and social transformation. The result is a magical blend of personal reflections and political theory.

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Tim McCaskell is a veteran of equity activism in his home city of Toronto. A writer, educator, and activist, he served in the Toronto District School Board's Equity Department as Student Programme Worker from 1983 to 2001, where he was instrumental in developing, co-ordinating, and facilitating anti-racist and equity programming for Toronto area schools and their constituents. He is a founding member of AIDS Action Now!

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McCaskell's passionate stories give us strength to pursue the dream of an educational system founded on equality and the celebration of diversity, insights about how it can be realized, and faith in the possibilities of collective action.

— Olivia Chow, city councillor, City of Toronto Children and Youth Advocate

What a journey Tim has been on, and what a legacy he and his colleagues have built! Thousands of young people have been touched and transformed by the programs he helped create, and the ripple effect for those concerned about equality and social justice boggles the mind.

— Seth Klein, B.C. Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Tim McCaskell

Tim McCaskell is a long-time gay activist. He worked on The Body Politic, the Right to Privacy Committee after the 1981 police raids on gay baths, the Simon Nkodi Anti-Apartheid Committee, AIDS ACTION NOW! and Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. His first book, Race to Equity, a history of the struggle for equity in Toronto public schools, is widely used in teacher education. Tim is also the author of Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism.

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