ERIC Number: ED323819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-21
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Let Us Gather Blossoms under Fire...
Fingeret, Hanna Arlene
Language and culture shape the meanings that are attached to experience and to text. Yet, it is often believed that literacy work can be standardized and formalized, industrialized and normalized, as if adult new readers constructed meaning differently from proficient readers. Workplace literacy programs too often teach the employer's meaning and family literacy programs teach the schools' meanings, pressuring learners to accept the interpretations of the dominant group. When literacy programs help students come to know and reflect on their own meanings, they help students come into their own power--instrumental, personal, and political. Standardization is seen as necessary to accountability. It is easy to tell whether students are learning what they need and want to learn by asking them to read, write, or talk about what they have learned. In the midst of pressure to systematize and homogenize, we must learn to personalize. Respect for cultural and linguistic background is not simply a matter of motivating, titillating, interesting, recruiting, or retaining. It has to do with dignity, power, strength, and authority. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Literacy for a Global Economy: A Multicultural Perspective (El Paso, TX, February 21, 1990).