Classroom Calypso: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Education - 370 pages
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What happens when teachers relinquish the authority of truth providers ? Ninth grader Sasha Pringle, one of the student voices in Classroom Calypso, asserts that such a self-effacing posture empowers students by releasing the writer within, thereby fostering a critical, creative, and reflective disposition. Winthrop R. Holder re-represents students not as marginalized beings merely absorbing information but as subjects taking center stage and inscribing themselves into history. On their literary pilgrimage seeking self-knowledge, students, employing tale-telling, recast their classroom as a symposium – a place where popular culture orchestrates the discourse. This is an invaluable book for educators, parents, and anyone interested in understanding and facilitating the voices of urban youth.
 

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Contents

Everything Is Connected
3
Finding an Audience
21
Denning Classroom Calypso
31
ClassroomLunchroom Hysteria Flying Burgers and Weave
49
On Becoming SelfDirected Agents
65
Why We Write? The Space Inside and Out
81
The Language of Resistance Enabling Subcultures of Criticism
97
A Hinglish Mi A Taak
99
Those Two Damn Girls
207
Discovering Ideas in the Soul
229
On the Pulse of History
237
Keeping the Flame Aglow
239
Engaging Race on the American Plantation
255
Are We More American by Pledging Allegiance?
265
Ghetto Soldiers on de Rize?
275
School Closing
287

Getting It Off
109
Hooked on Ebonics?
119
Students as Ambassadors for Education
127
Enlarging Each Others Views
135
SelfEffacing Teaching
153
Becoming SureFooted Closing the Gender Gap?
155
SelfCorrective Process
177
Battling It Out
187
The Awakening of Consciousness
197
Maturing with a Voice?
199
Reclaiming the Female Past?
289
Letter from an Inmate?
303
I Too Walked Those Halls
317
Valuing Voices from the Margins
335
Sakinahs Tale Without the Lamp of the Gods
345
Ready for the World?
353
References
357
Index 357
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About the author (2007)

The Author: Winthrop R. Holder has been teaching social studies for the last twenty years in Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York. He has written on facilitating the writing process for 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City (Lang, 2004) and City Kids: Understanding, Appreciating, and Teaching Them (Lang, 2007).