Literacies of Power: What Americans Are Not Allowed to Know / Edition 1

Literacies of Power: What Americans Are Not Allowed to Know / Edition 1

by Donaldo Macedo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813343380

ISBN-13: 9780813343389

Pub. Date: 01/11/2006

Publisher: Westview Press


Literacies of Power illustrates the many ways American schools, media, and other social institutions perpetuate ignorance. In this new, expanded edition, Donaldo Macedo shows why so-called common culture literacy is a form of dominant cultural reproduction that undermines independent thought and goes against the best interests of our students. Offering a…  See more details below

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Literacies of Power illustrates the many ways American schools, media, and other social institutions perpetuate ignorance. In this new, expanded edition, Donaldo Macedo shows why so-called common culture literacy is a form of dominant cultural reproduction that undermines independent thought and goes against the best interests of our students. Offering a wide-ranging counterargument, Macedo shows why cultural literacy cannot be restricted to the acquisition of Western heritage values, which sustain an ideology that systematically negates the cultural experiences of many members of society-not only minorities but also anyone who is poor or disenfranchised. Macedo calls on his own experience as a Cape Verdean immigrant from West Africa who had to surmount the barriers imposed by the world’s most entrenched monolingual system of higher education. His eloquence in this book is testimony to the very idea that critical thinking and good education are not and must not be culturally or linguistically bounded.A new concluding chapter by the author critically challenges the crucial role of schools in “the manufacture of consent” for the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act, and the “charitable racism” that is too often evident in the field of ESL. In essays new to this edition, well-known and respected educators Joe Kincheloe, Peter McLaren, and Shirley Steinberg share their insights on Macedo’s message, complementing Paulo Freire’s Foreword to the original edition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813343389
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/11/2006
Edition description:
Expanded edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
631,670
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the power of "the personal"
1Literacy for stupidification : the pedagogy of big lies9
2Our common culture : a poisonous pedagogy37
3Our uncommon culture : the politics of race, class, gender, and language91
4English only : the tongue-typing of America125
5Educational reform : literacy and poverty pimps137
6Charitable racism : imposing democracy undemocratically185
Afterwood : that which was true yesterday in even more true today219

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