Culturally Contested Literacies: America's 'Rainbow by Guofang Li

By Guofang Li

Culturally Contested Literacies is a brilliant ethnographic account of the typical cross-cultural dwelling and education reports of six culturally-diverse households in city the US. Documenting the ways that those households find out about literacies and their meanings on the subject of faculties, internal urban environments, and different ethnic teams, Guofang Li's incisive research unearths the original studies of fractured city the US. in contrast to earlier examine that fragments a number of social different types, Culturally Contested Literacies explores the wealthy complexity inside each one family members as they make experience in their day-by-day kinfolk by way of race, ethnicity, category, and gender. It then juxtaposes the productions of such familial family throughout and inside cultural teams with the context of the bigger socio-political and socio-economic formations. via proposing a pragmatic photograph of the various ways in which America’s "rainbow underclass" may possibly stumble upon education, Li argues that city schooling has to be understood in terms of not just the individual’s cultural and familial milieu, but in addition to the interactive context among the person and colleges.

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Where the Stories Began • 39 There are, however, a few top-quality schools in the public system, such as the Oliver Schools (one elementary and one middle school), Lakeside High (rated as number four high school in the country), and Madison Tech high school. Like the private schools, the majority of the students in these schools are white and middle class. 6 percent of students are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch program (the district average is 85 percent). In the Oliver Schools, 53 percent of the students are white and 41 percent of them are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.

Though many supported the teachers, others, including the city officials, regarded the strike as a “disservice to the children” or “an unconscionable act” that was “very punitive and damaging to the children and parents” (Anthony Masiello, as cited in Bell, 2000). Today, Buffalo’s teachers are ranked the second highest paid in the nation with an average annual salary of $54,039, second only to Grand Rapids (the national median annual salaries of school teachers ranged from $41,400 to $45,920 in May 2004) (Streater, 2005).

First of all, the school is seriously under-staffed as there are not enough ESL teachers or transitional classes for new students. Many teachers, by default, become ESL teachers. However, they are not prepared to teach ESL students owing to a lack of training in their teacher preparation program and professional development on the job. ” Therefore, teaching is “just being able to survive from day to day with those big problems you have” (a fourth grade teacher interviewed by Evelyn).

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