In what ways are the 5 areas of the culture of
power relevant to life in schools?
What are the educational implications of...
A little bit of
background
 Delpit emerged during the
“great Ebonics debate”; Read
here to find out more
 Check out this...
Recall a time in your life when you felt that you
were left out of a secret.When you were left
out of something that every...
Do Blacks andWhites and Others see the world of
education differently?
In other words: Do Blacks andWhites approach
teachi...
A Black Educator in aWhiteWorld? AWhite Educator in a WhiteWord?
Process Skills
What are the differences between the two? What is
Delpit’s position on the two?
• OK, WE ALL HAVE BEEN RAISED OUR WHOLE LIVES TO BE “RACE NEUTRAL” IN ONE WAY OR
ANOTHER
•HOWEVER, DELPIT’S ARTICLE, IN SO...
Ways of
knowing
 How do you feel
about this issue?
What is Delpit
challenging us to see?
Are you mad when
you read her?...
POWER1
2
3
4
5
 Where have you seen each of these aspects?
 What the heck does power have to do with skills vs. process ...
Statement Made Differing Perspective
“I want the same thing for everyone
else’s children as I want for mine”
Parents outsi...
Statement Made Differing Perspectives
“Children have the right to their
own language, their own culture.
We must fight cul...
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Delpit fall 2013

  1. 1. In what ways are the 5 areas of the culture of power relevant to life in schools? What are the educational implications of power and literacy? How can we stop training teachers to expect less of certain children? EssentialQuestionsfortochewon... Skills? Whole Language? Workshop? Phonemic Awareness? Black? White? UGH!!!
  2. 2. A little bit of background  Delpit emerged during the “great Ebonics debate”; Read here to find out more  Check out this video: Dr. Ernie Smith- Ebonics andThe Afrikan Tongue (it is really interesting from an historical point of view)  Delpit’s Bio  Remember, this is a course about the historical, multicultural, & philosophical roots of American schooling.  Consequently, we need to understand where we have been so as to know where we are going Lisa Delpit
  3. 3. Recall a time in your life when you felt that you were left out of a secret.When you were left out of something that everyone else, but you, knew….
  4. 4. Do Blacks andWhites and Others see the world of education differently? In other words: Do Blacks andWhites approach teaching and learning differently? What are the common grounds?
  5. 5. A Black Educator in aWhiteWorld? AWhite Educator in a WhiteWord?
  6. 6. Process Skills What are the differences between the two? What is Delpit’s position on the two?
  7. 7. • OK, WE ALL HAVE BEEN RAISED OUR WHOLE LIVES TO BE “RACE NEUTRAL” IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER •HOWEVER, DELPIT’S ARTICLE, IN SOME WAYS, IS A VICIOUS ATTACK ON THE “WHITE WAY” OF KNOWING THE WORLD. DELPIT POINTS OUT TO THE READER THAT WE (COLLEGE PROFESSORS & TEACHERS) HAVE BEEN SOOOOOO “VYGOTSKIED” OUT THAT WE THINK ALL PEOPLE LEARN BY: COOPERATION, EXPLORING, DOING, ETC. . . . •DELPIT IS LIKE A SLEDGE HAMMER THAT SCREAMS, “WHAT ABOUT TEACHING KIDS SKILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
  8. 8. Ways of knowing  How do you feel about this issue? What is Delpit challenging us to see? Are you mad when you read her? If yes, you might not like what she has to say because she is challenging some basic assumptions. Do children of different races learn differently?
  9. 9. POWER1 2 3 4 5  Where have you seen each of these aspects?  What the heck does power have to do with skills vs. process instruction?  Do you see the five points Delpit talks about?
  10. 10. Statement Made Differing Perspective “I want the same thing for everyone else’s children as I want for mine” Parents outside of the culture of power often want something else: “My kids know how to be black – you all teach them how to be successful in the white man’s world.” “Child-centered, whole language, and process approached are needed in order to allow a democratic state of free, empowered adults, and because research has shown that children learn best through these methods” Teachers do students no service to suggest that product is not important. They will be judged on their product, regardless the process, in life.
  11. 11. Statement Made Differing Perspectives “Children have the right to their own language, their own culture. We must fight cultural hegemony and fight the system by insisting that children be allowed to express themselves in their own language style” We must accept students but also take responsibility to teach them. Tell students that their language and cultural style is unique and wonderful but that there is a political power game in America – they have to access the power codes. “It’s really a shame that she seems to be so authoritarian, so focused on skills and so teacher directed. Those poor kids never seem to be allowed to really express their creativity” Different cultures address each other in different styles. Take Shirley Brice Heath’s study, “What no bedtime story means” for example. We can’t judge one culture by the values of our own.
  12. 12. Lisa Delpit Please read this excerpt from. . .

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