I really enjoy reading the dialogue you all are engaging in our blog space. And am happy that reading each others’ blogs offers you new insights about the parts of our texts that might now click on first read. It is so engaging for me to see you play with the metaphors and ideas we are struggling with in class from one week to the next. I, too, find Delpit insightful, personal and challenging to me a white, middle class educator. And I have also come to think of her as the most important teacher I have ever had. I stalk her at conferences, and while I haven’t ever met her face to face, I think I might stammer and blush like a 12 year old if I did. There is a t-shirt hanging outside my office door that one of my students made me a decade ago: What Would Lisa Delpit Do?
Here are some of the major themes I heard you raise this week, themes I hope we will talk about tomorrow in class.
- Good intentions
- Knowing is half the battle
- Learning rules and codes at home
- Role of SES vs. race: what constitutes the C of P?
- You talkin’ to me??
- Communication across cultural lines
- Veiled commands
- Doing what is best for ALL students
- What does teaching the rules and code of power look like?
And this is a great keynote address that Delpit gave in 2013. Worth the 20 minutes if you feel inspired: