Race to Equity

Race to Equity

Disrupting Educational Inequality

By Tim McCaskell


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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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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

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


Chapter 1 Back Story
Chapter 2 Beginnings
Chapter 3 Utopia
Chapter 4 Beachhead
Chapter 5 Taking on the System
Chapter 6 Backlash and Response
Chapter 7 Power, Pedagogy, Curriculum
Chapter 8 Great Leaps Forward
Chapter 9 Equity and Identity
Chapter 10 A Single Spark
Chapter 11 Re-Evaluations
Chapter 12 War of Attrition
Chapter 13 The Good Fight
Chapter 14 Under Siege
Chapter 15 Blueprints for an Invisible Future
Chapter 16 Thermopylae
Chapter 17 Aboard the Titanic