This inequality extends not just into education but also into physical education. Blacks are stereotyped as physically superior and intellectually deficient. They are marginalized in PE just as they are in other aspects of their lives.
Through a series of case studies, Critical Race Studies in Physical Education offers deep insights into the issues that Black students face. The text, geared to undergraduate and graduate PETE students and in-service teachers, does the following:
- Provides culturally aware teaching strategies that affirm the worth of Black students
- Amplifies the crucial issues that negatively affect Black students
- Addresses the litany of intentional and covert racist practices directed toward Black youth, thus broadening the book’s value beyond the sharing of teaching strategies
To do so, Critical Race Studies in Physical Education provides the following:
- Eight case studies of situations that expose racism, disparities, and other issues affecting Black students’ well-being, self-worth, and healthy experiences in PE
- Critical race study discourse that stimulates discussion of relevant issues and enhances learning
- Reflective activities, resources, lesson considerations, and definitions to help students and in-service teachers use what they have learned through the case studies and discussions
Each case study includes discussion and reflection prompts that are meant to lead the way to effective strategies and immediate implementation opportunities. Here is a partial list of the case studies:
- A white elementary student uses the N-word toward a Black teacher
- A Black female student endures gendered racism and racial disparities through her swimming experiences
- A white teacher is oblivious to why her Black students don’t want to be outside in the sunshine or get their hair moist
- A new PE teacher harbors toxic masculinity, white supremacy, and stereotypes of Black sexuality
- White student teachers grapple with accepting job offers in an urban area
Black students need teachers to engage in anti-racist teaching practices that empower Black youth and aid in their success. For this to happen, teachers need to affirm students and make them feel safe, cared for, listened to, and recognized as worthy.
Critical Race Studies in Physical Education will help teachers of all races adopt the teaching practices that create this supportive, empathetic, and nurturing environment—and, in doing so, validate Black students’ self-worth and swing the pendulum back toward a more equitable education in PE.
AudienceSupplemental resource for both undergraduate and graduate PETE courses at the higher education level as well as for coaching courses. Professional development resource for K-12 physical education teachers and staff working in activity and sport-related community programs.
White male student in elementary PE uses the word nigger toward a Black female teacher
Tara B. Blackshear
Case Study 2. Rational Fears or Provocative Tears?
A white female student teacher in physical education witnesses anti-Black behaviors from her cooperating teacher directed toward students in a predominantly Black middle school
Case Study 3. Gendered Racism, Racial Disparities, and the Black Body
Swimming experiences for the Black community and the racialized gaze of the Black body
Tiffany Monique Quash
Case Study 4. Colorism and Protecting the CROWN
Black students refuse to participate outside in fear of getting darker and disrupting their straight hairstyles centered around whiteness
Tara B. Blackshear
Case Study 5. “Nigga under the Microscope”: Crucial Conflict or Context-Specific?
Black students use “nigga” as a term of endearment
Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq and Yvette Onofre
Case Study 6. Black, Male, Queer, Athletic, and Academically Gifted
Challenging toxic masculinity, white supremacy, and stereotypes of Black sexuality
Tara B. Blackshear, Afi C. Blackshear, and Akinyemi K. Blackshear
Case Study 7. More Than a Bathroom: Black Transgender Student
Black transgender girl (born male) locker room dilemma and disrespect by coach
Tiffany Monique Quash
Case Study 8. PETE Candidates Are Ill-Equipped to Teach Students in Black Urban Environments
Student teachers grapple with accepting a job offer in an urban area
This book should be a required reading for all whom we entrust with the difficult task of teaching the next generation. It has uncovered blindspots in my own pedagogy. An additional benefit is that it is exceptionally well-written and accessible for all. This book is not "just" about race in physical education.
This is a very readable book filled with perspectives that educators must consider in order to be the best teachers we can be for ALL of our students. The eight case studies feature real students and situations - stories that don’t often get to be told. The questions that follow each case study provide readers with some action steps. This book would be perfect for a professional book club.
I am not a fast reader - I definitely prefer audiobooks. Yet I was able to read this book cover to cover on my flight to SHAPENOLA. It’s a compelling book and every detail was clearly thoughtfully considered, including the many photos that draw readers in and help us connect to the people in each chapter.
I’m already looking forward to a sequel!
Critical Race Studies in Physical Education