Monday, April 27, 2009

More Questions on Race

1. Do White students learn better from White teachers? Do Latino students learn better from Latino teachers? Do Black students learn better from Black teachers?
2. Should a White teacher in a school with a high Spanish speaking population learn to speak Spanish fluently? Should a White teacher in a school with a high Ebonics speaking population learn to speak Ebonics fluently?
3. Is teaching middle class values racist or culturally insensitive?
4. What does it mean to be "culturally responsive?"
5. If an ELL student struggles, and the teacher points to language as a factor for the student's struggles, is that teacher culturally unresponsive?
6. If a poor White student struggles, and the teacher points to poverty as a factor for the student's struggles, is that teacher culturally unresponsive?
7. If a poor Black student struggles, and a White teacher points to poverty as a factor for the student's struggles, is that teacher culturally unresponsive? Racist?
8. Is it acceptable to tell White teachers to be culturally responsive to Latino students? Is it acceptable to tell Black teachers to be culturally responsive to White students?
9. When "researchers" study student failure, why is it that they always focus on teachers and rarely put blame on the students?
10. Will we ever get past blaming student race or teacher race when discussing student and teacher failure?

2 Comments:

At 6:54 PM , Blogger Hedgetoad said...

I sometimes have to wonder if "being culturally responsive" is even something that can be attained in a system designed to teach, assess and evaluate using upper middle class values...

 
At 3:10 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

This isn't meant to be glib, but with a President wishing to "spread the wealth," shouldn't we be teaching middle class values?

 

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