While I agree with the overall project of Lisa Delpit’s “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse,” namely making sure that marginalized. -Lisa D. Delpit argues that acquiring the ability to function in a dominant Discourse does not mean that one should reject one`s home identity. I have encountered a certain sense of powerlessness and paralysis among many sensitive and well-meaning literacy educators who appear to.

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Delpit finds neither to be true if we are willing to reach both outside the dominant discourse and within it when searching for examples of how learning the dominant discourse can liberate and effect change as well as how multiple discourses can be used without major conflict.

Deplit proves Gee wrong in this area by the information she uses. Email required Address never made public. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

One repeating factor in every example of a person gaining a dominant discourse that is socially more powerful than their primary discourse is that they had a teacher who believed that the student is not limited by their primary discourse and that they could learn to operate and be accepted into a more socially powerful dominant discourse.

Many of her stories illustrate African Americans who were able to transcend the circumstances that they discourwe born into through their acquisition of the dominant discourse. Second, the teacher must recognize that there will be conflicts between the dominant discourse and the primary discourse, especially because they are not of similar social status. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

When a teacher cares it makes all the difference in a students work. About Me Michelle Morici View my complete profile. First Published 16 September Posted by Michelle Morici at 5: Email required Address never made public. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. As they learned the dominant discourse, these students were able to acquire additional voices with which to speak.



This site uses cookies. Teachers played an important role in, not only teaching students the dominant discourse, but also helping students believe that they could overcome the obstacles of their immediate surroundings.

I thought that Delpit did an excellent job of breaking down a difficult subject and ploitics up with a solution that viable and realistic.

“The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse” – Delpit (Comment)

Notify me of new comments via email. A Story about the Perils I think that Deplit has a strong point here.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Sandy Brusin October 26, at 1: Create a free website or blog at WordPress. For Delpit, the ability to transform discourse from within it is key, which means access to the discourse must be made or provided and then the discourse can be changed.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Does it not smack of racism or classism to demand that these students put aside the language of their homes and communities and adopt a discourse that is not only alien, but that has often been instrumental in furthering their oppression? You are commenting using your Facebook account. Why do we assume that there is only one discourse of school, especially in light of the work that scholars do?

Specifically, Delpit is challenging the work of James Paul Gee as she problematizes the notions that 1 people who are not born in to the dominate discourse will find it exceedingly difficult to acquire, and 2 an individual born into one type of discourse will experience major conflicts when entering another discourse.

This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Although theirjob is to teach literate discourse styles to all of their students, they question whether that is a task they can actually accomplish for poor students and students of color. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


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I think that queer literacy is the kind of second literacy that fits in the way Delpit discusses in many ways. Gee states that dominant discourses could not be learned and were almost popitics acquired through enculturation into that dominant discourse. I believe that with the power of a teacher who cares a student can accomplish more than they possibly could before.

You are commenting using your WordPress. When someone litertae in you it makes the world of a difference. Along with this passionate belief there are three things that a teacher can do to help their studenst rise above their primary discourse and attain a more socially powerful dominant discourse. What can teachers do?

Lisa Delpit, “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse”

Delpit takes the analysis deeper to show how these exceptions came to be and how they might be duplicated in the future. Language and Linguistics in Context.

What might multi-literacy look ddiscourse It is this belief and passion that is present in every example. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Gee also states that primary discourses are closely related to dominant discourses of similar status in our society, and that consequently, those born to a lower status primary discourse will not be able to gain a socially dominant discourse.