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The Resource Literacies of power : what Americans are not allowed to know, Donaldo Macedo ; foreword by Paulo Freire

Literacies of power : what Americans are not allowed to know, Donaldo Macedo ; foreword by Paulo Freire

Label
Literacies of power : what Americans are not allowed to know
Title
Literacies of power
Title remainder
what Americans are not allowed to know
Statement of responsibility
Donaldo Macedo ; foreword by Paulo Freire
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Boston, twelve-year-old student David Spritzler faced disciplinary action from his school for his vocal questioning of the Pledge of Allegiance, which celebrates liberty and justice for all. The boy's concerns were not taken by the teacher as an opportunity to engage the class in a discussion of the country's problems, such as homelessness, which could be seen just outside on Boston's streets. Across the river at prestigious MIT, a linguistics student told her colleague that she could not take time to read literature outside of theoretical linguistics if she wanted to be a top scholar in her field. Even essays that linked linguistics to its historical and social context fell outside her diligent pursuit of theory." "What do these two seemingly disparate events have in common? According to Donaldo Macedo, they are part of an educational legacy that stifles critical thinking in favor of indoctrination and specialization. Our educational system has lost sight of its responsibility to prepare students in the kind of broad, critical thinking necessary for responsible citizenship." "Challenging conservatives like Allan Bloom and E.D. Hirsch, Macedo shows why so-called common culture literacy is a form of dominant cultural reproduction that undermines independent thought and goes against the best interests of our students. Offering a wide-ranging argument, Macedo shows why cultural literacy cannot be restricted to the acquisition of Western heritage values, which sustain an ideology that systematically negates the cultural experiences of many members of society - not only minorities but also anyone who is poor or disenfranchised. Macedo calls on his own experience as a Cape Verdean immigrant from West Africa who had to surmount the barriers imposed by the world's most entrenched monolingual system of higher education. His eloquence in this book is testimony to the very idea that critical thinking and good education are not and must not be culturally or linguistically bounded."--Jacket
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DLC
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1950-
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Macedo, Donaldo P.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Edge, critical studies in educational theory
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  • Critical pedagogy
  • Literacy
  • Discrimination in education
  • Minorities
  • Educational change
Label
Literacies of power : what Americans are not allowed to know, Donaldo Macedo ; foreword by Paulo Freire
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Literacy for Stupidification: The Pedagogy of Big Lies -- Our Common Cculture: A Poisonous Pedagogy -- Our Uncommon Culture: The Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Language -- English Only: The Tongue-Tying of America -- Educational Reform: Literacy and Poverty Pimps -- Index
Control code
30513760
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 206 pages
Isbn
9780813322520
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1621053
Label
Literacies of power : what Americans are not allowed to know, Donaldo Macedo ; foreword by Paulo Freire
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Literacy for Stupidification: The Pedagogy of Big Lies -- Our Common Cculture: A Poisonous Pedagogy -- Our Uncommon Culture: The Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Language -- English Only: The Tongue-Tying of America -- Educational Reform: Literacy and Poverty Pimps -- Index
Control code
30513760
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 206 pages
Isbn
9780813322520
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1621053

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