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In the book, Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, writer Lisa Delpit discusses the concept of cultural mismatch and how it affects children who are part of the U.S. education system. The term cultural mismatch is defined as a situation in which a child’s home culture and school culture have differing backgrounds and expectancies. Due to this, mainstream educational practices can create dissonance between racial/ethnic minority students and schools. One cultural mismatch that students and schools experience comes from language. Many students come to school with knowledge of a different linguistic background than what is primarily spoken in the school setting. While in their homes, children may speak in their parent’s native language or speak with a different grammar but in schools, only English is used. So upon their arriving at school, it may be difficult for the teacher to fully explain material that is expected to be taught in the school curriculum. This separation is a disadvantage for both the student and teacher. Some examples of this cultural difference are vocabulary, style, oral versus written,
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