Sunday, June 8, 2008

Health Article

Does anyone else think this author is over generalizing and oversimplifying the cultural, social and economic differences of "Roadville" and "Trackton" in this reading? The differences between these towns are far more complex than whether or not children are being read bedtime stories. And is the author suggesting that to all the residents and students of "Trackton" need to succeed are lessons in how "Roadville" works? To me this article is articulating an arguement for the style of teaching that Gutierrez, Rymes, and Larson rally against.

1 comment:

Grace Butler said...

But Roadville doesn't work either. I think the author is trying to say that each form of community learning has its strengths and weaknesses. If educators are aware of them, then they can teach to the weaknesses while utilizing their strengths. Maybe the different students can even work to supplement each other. Roadvillers know their alphabet and basic reading skills, but don't have the upper-level analytical skills of the Tracktonites. The Tracktonites are very good at irony, metaphor, point of view, and comparison, but don't know the alphabet. The solution isn't bedtime stories, but a willingness to adjust one's method of teaching.