ERIC Number: ED364886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-21
Reference Count: N/A
To the Teacher Who Would: Cultural Literacy as Folkloristic.
Villanueva, Victor, Jr.
In the form of a story, this paper reveals the life and lifework of a committed Latino professor of English who was born in Brooklyn in the Bedford-Stuyvesant projects. First recounting the early years of a bright boy, the paper then proceeds to tell about the young man as a dropout, as a soldier in Vietnam, as a student in college, and then as a graduate student (while his wife supported the family). The paper then focuses on "Victor" as a teacher of basic writing to his mostly Mexican-American college students and Victor as a parent at highly charged discussions of curriculum in the local public schools. Pinpointing the discovery of Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" as a turning point in the teacher's life, the paper then concentrates on the many ups-and-downs that accompany Victor's attempts to modify the basic writing curriculum at the university to accommodate Freire's (and now his own) beliefs about literacy and cultural politics. The remainder of the book deals with the problems of the daily life of the teacher and his family; with personal thoughts about cultural and critical literacy; and with the preparation and publication by the National Council of Teachers of English of the teacher's memoir, "Bootstraps." (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Writers; Cultural Sensitivity; English Teachers; Freire (Paulo); Latinos; Literacy as a Social Process
Note: Keynote Address presented at the Annual Conference for English Education (Pittsburgh, PA, November 21, 1993).