Annotation Real - Delpit, L. D. (August 1988). The silenced...

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Delpit, L. D. (August 1988). The silenced dialogue: Power and pedagogy in educating other people’s children. Harvard Educational Review , 58 (4), 280-298. Summary : The “silenced dialogue” that Delpit explains in her article is the disconnect between White, liberal (by this she means “those whose beliefs include striving for a society based upon maximum individual freedom and autonomy”) educators and minority professors, teachers and parents (284). The minorities feel that the Whites, while they are well intentioned, do not listen, or hear , their concerns. Whites believe they are reasonable and correct in their claims, but they are unwilling to really try to understand what minorities are saying. As a result, the minorities stop talking, they take up the “smile and nod” approach, and therefore the dialogue becomes silenced. By explaining what the issues are in this article, Delpit hopes to revive the conversation. The problem, she feels, is that liberal Whites are not comfortable admitting that they are in a position of power simply because they are White and middle-class. This unwillingness to acknowledge the power structure leads them to promote “child-centered, whole language, and process approaches,” which, they believe, “are needed in order to allow a democratic state of free, autonomous, empowered adults” (286). By not acknowledging the power structure, these
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