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The Skin That We Speak Chapter 7 - Gloria Ladson-Billings"I ain't writin' nuttin':Permissions to Fail and Demands to Succeedin Urban Classrooms."
Teachers must DEMAND success from their students. Otherwise, you give them permission to fail.
One example of a teacher who doesn't let his urban students fail.
Carter Forshay used music by Wynton Marsalis to get his students interested in writing. As teachers, we must use what works: hobbies, interests, curiosities - whatever it takes to achieve success.
"Successful teaching focuses on students' academic achivement, supports students' cultural competence, and promotes students' socio-political consciousness." Ladson-Billings, p. 110-111