Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Culture of Power
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Author:  Justin Pittman [ Mon Oct 09, 2006 3:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Culture of Power

Delpit's The Silenced Dialogue just made me snort over a funny. The article is abit lengthy but towards the end (pg. 160) she quotes a Native Alaskan teacher as saying:

We have to feel a little sorry for them because they have only one way to talk. We're going to learn two ways to say things. Isn't that better?

That's some condescention and retaliation all balled up into one! Hehe. The object "them" and "they" means white people, as far as I can tell.

I also find the quote ironic because it seems Delpit's point is to re-open the cultural dialogue, yet I don't talk to people who belittle my culture. So I would find it uncomfortable to open a dialogue with this teacher ... but at least I would talk to Delpit; I generally agree with her. Another irony in this quote stems from Delpit's idealization of the black teacher, a teacher who does not implicitly demand agreement with rhetorical statements like, "Isn't that better?" Only white teachers say such things, not black teachers, or teachers native to Alaska, or any other minority.

Of course my reaction is predictable, according to this article, because I am reduced to a Wielder of the culture with power.

Anyone else have a knee-jerk reaction to tomorrow's reading?

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