All these white schools I've been sent to are racist, Sonya says. I'd have done better in a black school. I was an outsider here. These are hard words for Vivian Paley, whose own kindergarten was one of Sonya's schools, the integrated classroom depicted by Paley in White Teacher. Confronted with the grown-up Sonya, now on her way to a black college, and with a chorus of voices questioning the fairness and effectiveness of integrated education, Paley sets out to discover the truth about the multicultural classroom from those who participate in it.