Different cultural literacies
After reading both of the articles, I decided that they were trying to get the same message across. I never thought about how we label some children as slow learners even though they are very bright kids. It mad me sad to hear that the reason some of these children are seen this was is simply because they weren't taught the same way in their homes as the apparent majority of children in this country are. I believe it is extremely important for teachers and schools to recognize this not as a problem, but a way to expand how they teach and view students of different backgrounds. After all, that is what America is, a melting pot of cultures. Why then should we assume that everyone has the same style of learning and the same understanding of what it means to be literate or smart. Maybe the reason that America is not quite as high on the education scale as, say, some Asian countries is because we have not learned to embrace what has made us so great . Those countries have no problem with different cultural literacies because there are simply not very many differences among them. We are the only country in the world that has such a vast array of cultures. We need to develop new ways of teaching and connecting with our students and accomodate the knowledge that they bring in order to help them learn with the majority. Once we stop trying to label different children and make excuses for our lack of ability to accomodate them, we can find new and better ways to help eveyone by using our knowledge of their lives to make connections to the majority style of knowledge. This also starts by learning their cultures as well as appreciating them for valid and accomplished just as our own.