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Excited for Gloria Ladson-Billing's lecture #CriticalRaceTheory #CulturallyResponsivePedagogy #MHAnnualLecture19
"We need to brag about our children - we forget that they live in a highly complex world that it's incredible that they achieve anything"
Culturally relevant pedagogy is just teaching. Gloria explores how we can use popular culture to educate young people. She argues that we have to teach young people not just to get a job, but to liberate and empower them.
Much of what happens in classrooms has little to do with what students learn, instead the focus tends to be on what teachers cover (the syllabus).
Traditional pedagogies are like sieves: they try to catch only the 'best'. Culturally relevant teachers create a safety net to ensure all students are thriving.
What might it mean for teachers to demand high levels of performance from ALL their students?
White middle class students equally need to be fluent in other cultures.
Becoming multicultural is a huge asset for students leaving school in our global society. But how do we expect students to reach this goal when their teachers are culturally incompetent?
Learning should be connected to a society that is deeply divided between racial, social, religious, environmental etc. lines and it should empower students to alleviate these divides.
If you're not in Twitter, you are already missing out on education! However, why are phones forbidden in so many classrooms? Kids are doing all sorts of valuable things on smartphones. Kids haven't changed. We have changed - we expect and demand less of them. #edutwitter
Widening technology gap between generations: we need to consider these differences and new tendencies in the classroom. We don't necessarily have to adopt their standards, but becoming aware of these can help us better understand our students and create more engaging lessons.
Learning about Mexican culture did not make Gloria Ladson-Billings Mexican, but it helped her teach her Mexican students. Advertising does this all the time. So can teaching.
Gloria calls the new generation of students 'Shapeshifters' because their racial, gender, social divides are not as rigid; just like Hip-hop, their culture is a mashup that continues to evolve locally, nationally and globally.
The power of Hip-Hop education: Danez Smith and Jonathan Williams are two Winsconsin award-winning graduates who looked for teachers who demand more from them, who want to help them to learn critically and innovate. Let's not keep up those high expectations of our students.
How do you differentiate cultural appropriation (CA) and cultural fluidity? Include an actual person from that culture. Give them a voice. And get students to ask themselves those critical questions about CA. We have to ask what constitutes 'new culture' vs CA.
There's no place in the world where Gloria hasn't encountered Hip-Hop. People are making it their own - eg Senegalese people using their traditional dances within Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop is a medium for exploring our local contexts.
Follow every Tuesday night to learn more about Hip-Hop education 👇🏽
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