Delpit Ch. 3


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  • Delpit Ch. 3 dealt with a narrator that had a daughter, who was black, that was uncomfortable in her predominately white, private school. She began to lose interest in school.
  • However, she moved her daughter to a brand new charter school which was 98% African-American, and her daughter thrived. In fact, she reveled in the fact her daughter learned a new language.
  • She discovered that schools need to embrace the black speaking culture because it would allow students to identify how to "code switch," or moving between different languages depending on your company.
  • This stems from the Ebonics Debate of 1996 in Oakland. A school board allowed students to speak in their own language (ebonics), which created controversy. This lead to many paradoies...Hooked on Ebonics!
  • For instance, a company had the best Computer Tech the country could offer. However, she spoke in Ebonics and the company didn't want her to make sales calls in fear of losing clients because she didn't speak properly. However, Delpit began asking why we couldn't allow students to speak in ebonics?
  • In the classroom, teachers talk the majority of the time. Students are corrected when they don't speak "properly." If we, as teachers, can adjust to allow students to speak in their own code, we will see an increase of student engagement in class
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