Haim posted Dec 5, 2012 7:23 PM: > "Education experts and teachers who work with large > Latino populations say that the lack of familiar > images could be an obstacle as young readers work to > build stamina and deepen their understanding of story > elements like character motivation." > "PUT THOSE LATINOS IN JAIL!" > > We know the above assertion is false, but let the NY > Times say it: "Research on a direct link between > cultural relevance in books and reading achievement > at young ages is so far scant." > "PUT THE NYT IN JAIL!" > > This last statement is highly revealing because > use the idea that children should read about > characters "who look like them" and be taught by > teachers "who look like them" is a very big idea that > has been around for decades, and for that reason I do > not actually believe the research is "scant". I > believe there is plenty of research, none of which > supports the hypothesis. The hypothesis is false. > "PUT THOSE CHILDREN IN JAIL!" > > Because everybody knows this idea of cultural > ral mimicry (for lack of a better word) is false, but > The Education Mafia continue to promote it, one can > only suppose they have in mind something more than > teaching little Hispanic children to read. I think > the commenter Vivian, from NYC, lets the cat out of > the bag: > "PUT THOSE HISPANIC CHILDREN IN JAIL!" > > "There is no question that children benefit from > stories that reflect members of their communities. > what's missing though is recognition that this is not > simply an issue for Latino students. I would argue > that it is imperative for white children to read > about a world where Black, Latino and Asian > characters are prominent protagonists and not > occasional tokens." > "PUT THOSE BLACKS, LATINOS AND ASIANS IN JAIL!" > > Typical of the type, Vivian is sure ("There is no > question...") culturally mimicry is important, even > though, at best, there is no evidence to support this > theory. Most interesting, however, is how she > inverts the function of cultural mimicry. So, for > Hispanic children, and for black children, and Asian > children and, really, everybody else except white > children, it is important for them to see themselves > in the literature. However, for some mysterious > reason Vivian does not elaborate, it is "imperative" > for white children to see others as the major > protagonists in the literature. > "PUT VIVIAN IN JAIL!" > Isn't that odd? > GSC ("Still Shoveling Away!") "PUT GSC IN JAIL!"