ERIC Number: ED171830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Anomie, the Urban Student, and the Writing Class.
Stallard, Charles K.
New approaches to teaching writing and language development may be the answer to the anomie that is behind so many school problems. For example, the uses of language that are necessary for academic success are also those that help individuals deal with the environment and relate to it. Therefore, the personal use of language is critical for all children, including the disadvantaged. As it is, however, such things as television and broken homes militate against the personal use of language. Under these circumstances, interaction in the home is reduced and alienation and anger occur. Poor language usage is compounded by the traditional methods of language instruction and the promotion of silence in the schools. What is needed to remedy this situation is linguistic compensation which provides frequent language experiences and situations where children can use language to make their experiences and perceptions personally meaningful. A definite strategy for urban English teachers that will, at one time, address the problems of anomie and facilitate basic literacy is needed. In addition, schools need to create the conditions that promote language use in the classroom. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Problems, Educational Strategies, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, English Education, Instructional Improvement, Language Attitudes, Language Experience Approach, Language Role, Opinions, Self Esteem, Urban Education, Written Language
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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