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Other People's Children by Lisa Delpit
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Jul 15, 08

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Read in July, 2008

This book would be pretty dry for most people since it is a grad school book that one of the teachers I work with lent me. The main point of the book is that different cultures have different linguistic styles that often create a barrier between teachers and students, especially since the amount of "minority" children in city schools are growing while the amount of "minority" teachers is shrinking.

The other main point is that minority children should learn how to read and write academically, or basically "white." While many well-intentioned liberal white teachers fear being "oppressive" or hindering a student's voice, what they don't realize is that they are preventing students from acquiring the skills they need to make it in the "white world" or to essentially "play the game." A successful teacher would be able to give affirmation to any given culture and its practices while simultaneously equipping students with appropriate skills to function in a larger discourse than just their home community or village.

While this book practically hits you over the head with these philosophies, and can be a little heavy-handed at times, I still appreciated the insight that it offers into the realm of multicultural education.
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