Date: Dec 7, 2012 3:42 AM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: Re: Multiculturalism: Report From The Front
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?
("Still Shoveling Away!")
"PUT GSC IN JAIL!"