The Silenced Dialogue - Delpit
In this article I believe that Delpit chose the process of writing and the teaching of writing to start a conversation on how we educate children. At the beginning of the article I disagreed with a lot of what Delpit said, I also believed that the teacher using the process approach to teaching was just lazy. It is in my experience that both approaches are needed.
As a read on I began to really understand that it wasn't just the writing process that Delpit was talking about. On page 31 she says "students ultimately find themselves held accountable for knowing a set of rules about which no one has ever directly informed them." I felt the same way, I felt that she was not directly informing her reader what she was trying to get at. As I read on, I began to understand more that it was that she wanted students to be "taught the codes needed to participate fully in the mainstream of American life...they must also be helped to learn about the arbitrariness of those codes and about the power relationships they represent." (pg 45).
I really liked the excerpt on the Alaskan native teacher who taught the students the value in both language sets, Heritage Language and Formal English. I think it is teachers like this one and the teacher that interviewed the Southern black high school student who are helping to move the pedagogy of educating students of diverse backgrounds ahead. I like how this teacher in particular challenged Joey to determine if Black English is bad or good. This teacher really had his/her student thinking about language and the differences in language and how it is used.
It was hard as a white-middle class person to really understand/identify with some of these issues, but the real life interviews and examples really put it into perspective that I could understand. If you look at the statistics, School teachers by race, I do not think I am alone in this. Out of the almost 4 million teachers in the US, 83.5% of these teachers are white, non-hispanic. Over all I have learned that it is important to always keep the lines of communication open, and really listen to what people have to say because we all have different life experiences.
Here is just another little article about educating black students and how government reform has helped or hindered. Dream Deferred