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“The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children”. Summary and Response to Lisa Delpit’s article by Amanda Rochwick. From Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. What must be done to help teachers and students better understand each other?

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the silenced dialogue power and pedagogy in educating other people s children
“The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children”
  • Summary and Response to Lisa Delpit’s article by Amanda Rochwick
from other people s children cultural conflict in the classroom
From Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
  • What must be done to help teachers and students better understand each other?
  • How can we stop training teachers to expect less of certain children?
but first a little about ms lisa delpit
But first, a little about Ms. Lisa Delpit…

I went

to Harvard!

  • holds the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Leadership at GSU
  • questions the validity of popular teaching strategies for African American students
  • wants educators to recognize, acknowledge, and value the cultural strengths that a child brings to school
the silenced dialogue what is it
The “Silenced Dialogue” -- What is it?

Silence occurs when nonwhite teachers are “left out of the dialogue about how best to educate children of color” (23).

  • Illustrations of the silence:
  • Native Alaskan quote
  • Black educator quote
where is the dialogue silenced
Where is the Dialogue Silenced?
  • Skills-oriented approach vs. process-oriented approach
  • Writing process advocates dismiss teachers of color as “too skills oriented” which leads to feelings of estrangement (23).
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The Essential Questions:

How can such complete communication blocks exist when both parties truly believe they have the same aims?

How can the bitterness and resentment expressed by the educators of color be drained so that the sores can heal?

What can be done?

ms delpit s thinking
Ms. Delpit’s thinking:

“The differing perspectives on the debate over ‘skills’ versus ‘process’ approaches can lead to an understanding of the alienation and miscommunication, and thereby to an understanding of the ‘silenced dialogue’” (24).

the culture of power
The Culture of Power

Lisa Delpit claims that aspects of power have created the schism between liberal educational movements and that of non-white, non-middle-class teachers and communities.

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The Culture of Power

There are Five aspects of Power:

1. Issues of power are enacted in classrooms.

Ex. Power of teacher over students, power of publishers of textbooks, etc.

the culture of power10
The Culture of Power

2. There are codes or rules for participating in power; that is, there is a ‘culture of power.’”

Ex. Linguistic forms, communicative strategies -- ways of talking, ways of writing, etc.

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The Culture of Power

3. The rules of the culture of power are a reflection of the rules of the culture of those who have power.

Therefore, success in school is predicated upon acquisition of those who are in power.

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The Culture of Power

4. If you are not already a participant in the culture of power, being told explicitly the rules of that culture makes acquiring power easier.

Think about going to a new place: Wouldn’t you like to be directly informed about the culture?

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The Culture of Power

5. Those with power are frequently least aware of -- or least willing to acknowledge -- its existence. Those with less power are often most aware of its existence.

what we can learn
Teach the codes of power so students can participate in mainstream American life.

Consult with adults who share your students culture to find the best ways to teach them.

Understand the need for both “skills-oriented” and “process-oriented” approaches.

Communicate across cultures, and listen to alternative points of view...

What we can learn:
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BUT...

“To do so takes a special kind of listening, listening that requires not only open eyes and ears, but open hearts and minds. We do not really see through out eyes or hear through our ears, but through our beliefs” (46).

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Images for My Presentation:
  • All images for this PowerPoint Presentation were found at the following websites:
  • Letters to the Next President
  • Voices from the Field
  • FIU’s Center for Urban Education
  • Meet the Commissioners
  • Other People’s Children
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PowerPoint Tip:

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