ERIC Number: ED471395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Genuine Caring and Literacy Learning for African American Children.
Recently, the professional literature as well as the media have focused on the achievement gap between African American and White students. Although some of the solutions proposed are grounded in substantive thinking, others are representative of the typical quick fixes that continue to dominate public education while not improving the teaching and learning of these children. Successfully educating African American students is a complex process involving both big-picture considerations and specific instructional strategies. At the very least, students need to know that adults in their lives truly care about them. To help improve Black students' academic outcomes, educators should demonstrate genuine caring as they act in specific ways to enhance achievement. This paper defines"caring" and then discusses genuine caring for students. The paper next discusses caring and literacy learning regarding students, suggesting literacy practices that should be part of the educator's repertoire, including: encourage lively discussions, immerse children in drama, support lifetime literacy efforts, and build resilience in literacy learners. It notes that Black students especially benefit from these practices because they encounter more adversity and challenges in their daily lives and thus need more support in school. The paper also sees as important for Black children's academic success the hiring of African American teachers as role models, preparing culturally competent educators, and implementing culturally pertinent curricula. (Contains 36 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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