THE OLD PEDAGOGY - Chalk and Talk n.
Derogatory term used to describe the traditional model of classroom instruction, in which a professor delivers a monologue, punctuated by chalkboard scrawling, before a passive group of students.
Teaching Dialect Speakers, who do not know the language, to read, with phonics, whole language or a balanced-reading approach
while using culturally irrelevant material that has simple short sentences and small words, not real literature, has not raised reading levels or changed literacy statistics in the past 20 years.
Neither has hoping that dialect speakers who are learning the alphabet will be able to decode not just the beginning of the word but also the middle and the end of the words nor hoping that somehow these students will learn to internalize the rules of language, that they don't speak.
The schools have a strategy to test well enough to receive federal dollars by diagnosing more and more dialect speakers with learning disabilities and moving them into special education.
Special education children are exempt from the state assessment tests. Their absence improves the schools' scores. University departments of education and the textbook publishing industry all promote a failed pedagogy, but they have managed successfully to keep the supply chain intact.
University research departments get federal grant funds, but do not conduct research and develop materials that incorporate the new pedagogy.
It is just business as usual for the last 50 years.
WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
One solution that has been demonstrated to work . . .
is to integrate literacy, music and technology into the classroom using indigenous playground poetry to bridge from the home language to the standard using a cross curricular, thematic reading module that has culturally relevant content.
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