The First Day of School: A CRT Story

Adrienne Denise Dixson, Celia K Rousseau-Anderson

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This chapter talks about critical race theory (CRT) in educational scholarship more than ten years after the presentation of that initial paper and offers recommendations for scholars interested in building on and moving beyond the theoretical project. Most academic movements are restricted to college campuses, think tanks, policy consortiums, etc. The rapid expansion of digital media in conjunction with the hallmarks of CRT storytelling methodology, legal insights and historical analysis related to racial reform proved a powerful combination. The chapter illustrates that to understand race and how it operates requires an understanding of truth, morality, and in particular, ethics. It expresses that the effects of intergenerational achievement and wealth are vital constructs that will assist scholars of race in fundamental problem solving and thinking related to engineering positive change in schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Race Theory in Education
Subtitle of host publicationAll God’s Children Got a Song
EditorsAdrienne D Dixson, Celia K Rousseau Anderson, Jamel K Donnor
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315709796
ISBN (Print)9781138891142, 9781138891159
StatePublished - 2016


  • Academic intensity
  • ECLS-K
  • Growth curve model
  • School readiness
  • Sense of responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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