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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Furthermore, they question whether they are acting as agents of oppression by insisting that students who are not already a part of the “mainstream” literwte that discourse.

Delpit also writes that both students and parents of color may often demand that the dominant discourse be taught in the classroom in order 1 for students to be allowed access to the economic power that is associated with the dominate discourse; 2 to mimic the experience of others who have learned the dominant discourse in the classroom; and 3 to allow access to the dominant discourse in order to later transform or subvert it.

Email required Address never made public. That seems to negate the work scholars are claiming can be done. 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.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I think that Deplit has a strong point here. By recognizing these conflicts, a teacher can incorporate a curriculum that helps students learn how these poliyics came to be and how their primary discourse relates to them.


This article helps to demonstrate how a highly motivated and passionate teacher can change the life of their students.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

Along discouurse 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. I guess it has always been something central to my life but nothing I ever paid attention to.

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.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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 discoursee their oppression?

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Newer Post Older Post Home. At the end of her essay she says. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Deplit proves Gee wrong in this area by the information she uses. Gee states popitics dominant discourses could not be learned and were almost solely acquired through enculturation into that dominant discourse.

As they learned the dominant discourse, these students were able to acquire additional voices with which to speak.

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Just how do those students Delpit cites develop mastery of the dominant, mainstream discourse? Lisq 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.

Leave a Reply x Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Email required Address never made public. Gee also states litfrate primary discourses are closely related to dominant literwte 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.

But after reading both these essay I believe it will be something teacying I will always be aware from now on. 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.

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