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Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom
     

Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom

by Lisa Delpit, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
 

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ISBN-10: 1565848209

ISBN-13: 9781565848207

Pub. Date: 06/01/2003

Publisher: New Press, The

From the MacArthur Award- winning author of Other People's Children, a collection that gets to the heart of the relationship between language and power in the classroom. A powerful and sophisticated reminder that words can indeed do as much damage as sticks and stones, The Skin That We Speak takes the discussion of language in the classroom beyond the

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From the MacArthur Award- winning author of Other People's Children, a collection that gets to the heart of the relationship between language and power in the classroom. A powerful and sophisticated reminder that words can indeed do as much damage as sticks and stones, The Skin That We Speak takes the discussion of language in the classroom beyond the highly charged war of idioms—in which "English only" really means standard English only—and presents today's teachers with a thoughtful exploration of the varieties of English we speak and the layers of politics, power, and identity those varieties carry. Edited by MacArthur Fellow and bestselling education author Lisa Delpit and education professor Joanne Dowdy, the book includes an extended new piece by Delpit herself, as well as groundbreaking new work by Herbert Kohl and Gloria Ladson-Billings, and classics by Asa Hilliard and Jules Henry. Award-winning educator Victoria Purcell-Gates looks at language-based assumptions about poor Appalachians and Schuaib Meacham follows the very different fates of two bright young African American teachers-in-training, one of whom speaks "standard" English and one of whom speaks in school as she has been taught to speak at home. As children are written off in our schools because they do not speak formal English, and when class- and race-biased language used to describe those children determines their fate, The Skin That We Speak offers a cutting-edge look at crucial educational issues.

Author Biography: MacArthur Fellow Lisa Delpit received the award for Outstanding Contribtuion to Education in 1993 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently holds the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Education Leadership at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is the Assistant Director at the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy and assistant professor at Georgia State University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848207
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxiii
Part 1Language and Identity
Chapter 1Ovuh Dyuh3
Chapter 2Ebonics: A Case History15
Part 2Language in the Classroom
Chapter 3No Kinda Sense31
Chapter 4Trilingualism49
Chapter 5Some Basic Sociolinguistic Concepts63
Chapter 6Language, Culture, and the Assessment of African American Children87
Chapter 7I ain't writin' nuttin': Permissions to Fail and Demands to Succeed in Urban Classrooms107
Chapter 8"... As Soon As She Opened Her Mouth!": Issues of Language, Literacy, and Power121
Part 3Teacher Knowledge
Chapter 9Topsy-Turvies: Teacher Talk and Student Talk145
Chapter 10Toward a National Public Policy on Language163
Chapter 11The Clash of "Common Senses": Two African American Women Become Teachers179
Chapter 12"We don't talk right. You ask him."203
AppendixLinguistic Society of America Resolution on the Oakland "Ebonics" Issue221

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