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By Gerald Campano

This strong publication demonstrates how culturally responsive educating could make studying come alive. Drawing on his event as a fifth-grade instructor in a multiethnic tuition the place kids spoke over 14 diversified domestic languages, the writer finds how he created a language arts curriculum from the scholars' personal wealthy cultural assets, narratives, and identities.

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The students’ initial encounters with school were being penetrated by power dynamics that, by proxy, I felt but lacked both the immediate personal familiarity with and the conceptual vocabulary to name. If the children were to have access to a higher education, they would most likely have to engage in a process of “unlearning” what schools were continually communicating to them: that they were failures. My critical consciousness of these issues involved transforming previous feelings of inadequacy into a desire for advocacy.

You get blisters all over your hands. Now Carmen, I try to stay on her about her work, but I try not to put too much pressure. She’s already been through so much, and my only hope is that she can take care of herself when I’m gone. When I first listened to the interview I was struck by how Marcos, who had participated in the Delano strikes, deferred to the official historical documents before his own personal experiences. It was as if his oral testimony needed to be legitimized by an authoritative written version.

Hearing and discussing the story of the secret box linked Celso to his father, my grandfather to Celso, his father to me, me to Celso, and possibly even Celso’s father to my grandfather. These sets of relationships delineated the contours of a community that were like the four corners of the lid of a box, one that opened up memory and provided access to a world beyond the rote day-to-day pressures of teaching a prescribed, standardized curriculum. Through narrative Celso and I began to form a network that transverses generations and spans geographical locations, becoming a community, if initially only of two, forged by collective memory and the conveyance of shared and overlapping experience.

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