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Gloria Ladson Billings argues that culturally relevant teaching is simply good teaching. However, if this is true, why don’t we simply call it good teaching. Why must we call it culturally relevant? It is my argument that when serving students in the margins, racially and socioeconomically speaking, educators become distracted if not blinded by biases, stereotypes and other psychological barriers they secretly (and even blatantly) harbor. Good teaching then becomes parked in the spirit of addressing these other issues, artificial as they might be, forcing us to name a pedagogy that keeps our students human, whole and dignified!!
This is the value of Kelly’s work. She brilliantly calls out the ways in which schools serving black students sacrifice the principles of effective instruction in exchange for political priorities that have very little to do with the advancement of black children, their families and the communities that house them.
In this episode, Kelly talks about being black at school as a psychosocial phenomenon impacting black students and families, black educators, and black community stakeholders. She also talks about the nonprofit and for-profit organization that fuels her work and the dynamic challenges of monetizing social justice work and providing services to schools for a fee.
In the close out of the episode, I talk about my connection to a number of nuggets located in the call: about the power of rules and rule construction; about student agency and voice; and about the political act of good teaching. I also talk about my favorite part of the conversation with Kelly where she talks about schooling from the perspective of a black student. The story she provides about how a young man conceptualized how he was treated in class in contrast to his white counterparts is absolutely amazing. This part (as with the entire call) must be heard!!
I am deeply inspired by Kelly’s work. She is smart, compassionate, warm, and inviting! I am so glad that I got up the courage to contact her as she offered so many gifts to me as a practitioner that serves black students and as a black female innovator in the world trying to truly think and act outside of the box!!
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Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:
“But That’s Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Teaching” Article by Gloria Ladson-Billings
Being Black at School (Kelly Wickham Hurst’s organization)
Other ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned
Terms and Concepts Mentioned
Kelly Wickham Hurst; culturally relevant teaching; Gloria Ladson Billings; black students; teaching and learning; nonprofit industrial complex; student power; student agency
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