I found this book at the library and absolutely HAD to check it out to see what this woman was saying. First, peep the book:
“Losing Our Language: How Multicultural Classroom Instruction Is Undermining Our Children’s Ability to Read, Write, and Reason”
Maybe you can see the attraction here. I basically checked out the book with the sole purpose of reading parts of it, (as a student reading for pleasure only produces guilt in me, as I know I should be slaving through the original Don Quijote,) cultivating a strong dislike for Sandra Stotsky, and walking away from the experience even more certain that the anti-multiculturalism movement is still alive and well. And, basically, that has been the experience.
Stotsky’s basic hypothesis is that classics have been switched out for “simplistic tales that fail to develop our children’s ability to read, write, or think”. So ideally the traditional Anansi stories of west Africa, tales of contact between Europeans and indigenous populations like “I Heard the Owl Call My Name”, and Afrocentric kids books like “I Love My Hair!” would all be eliminated in the name of better educating children.
Is this lady serious?
She also asserts that “in an effort to incorporate more ethnically varied readings into children’s textbooks and raise minority students’ “self-esteem” basal readers have been systematically “dumbed down””. Totally, Sandra! Making traditionally marginalized kids feel comfortable in their learning environment? WHAT A DUMB IDEA!
Thoughts? Just wanted to share this treasure that will be available at the Carnegie Library as soon as I return it … which will indeed be soon.