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Inside city schools : investigating literacy in multicultural classrooms
Freedman, Sarah Warshauer.
Publication Information:
New York : Teachers College Press, [1999]

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xx, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
pt. 1. Setting the context for M-CLASS (Multicultural collaborative for Literacy and Secondary Schools). Introducing M-CLASS / Sarah Warshauer Freedman ; The M-CLASS approach to teacher research / Sarah Warshauer Freedman -- pt. 2. Seeing beyond stereotypes: looking across boundaries of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and generation. Overview / Sarah Warshauer Freedman ; "And justice for all": using writing and literature to confront racism / Griselle M. Diaz-Gemmati ; What I'd tell a white gal: what my black male students taught me about race and schooling / Eileen Shakespear ; What teacher researchers say about seeing beyond stereotypes / Sarah Warshauer Freedman ... [et al.] -- pt. 3. Constructing an inclusive curriculum: talking explicitly about race and ethnicity. Overview / Elizabeth Radin Simons ; A question of fairness: using writing and literature to expand ethnic identity and understand marginality / Deborah Archuleta Juarez ; "Yes, girl, you understand": history logs and the building of multicultural empathy / Karen Alford ; Diversifying curriculum in multicultural classrooms: "You can't be what you can't see" / Elizabeth Radin Simons ... [et al.] -- pt. 4 . Constructing an empowering curriculum: achieving high standards. Overview / Julie Shalhope Kalnin ; Writing correctness and the second-language student / Ann Lew ; We soar together: studying literature in a heterogeneous classroom / Verda Delp ; What teacher researchers say about creating communities of achievement: empowerment in and beyond the classroom / Julie Shalhope Kalnin ... [et al.] -- pt. 5. Implications for practice and research. Learning from M-CLASS: thoughts for the future / Julie Shalhope Kalnin ... [et al.].

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This text synthesizes and co-ordinates the work of teacher researchers who address the issues of race and ethnicity in the classroom. It deals with issues of teaching within a culturally responsive framework, featuring stories by teachers trying to bring their students multicultural literacies.

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Inside City Schools, by the M-CLASS (Multicultural Collaborative for Literacy and Secondary Schools) research team, consisting of education professors and high school teachers, deals with literacy and multiculturalism in four urban school settings--Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. The most interesting outcome revolves around diversity, inequity, and social criticism reminiscent of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1971). Traditionally, teachers do not deal with these issues because they lack necessary skills. The authors argue that as a result of such omissions, schools become "antiseptic," irrelevant to students' lives. M-CLASS does not offer simplistic solutions. Culturally responsive teaching must cross boundaries of generation, class, gender, and ethnicity. Most multicultural programs are shallow because they lack "critical practice." To create genuine "multicultural empathy," teachers need to construct "inclusive" curricula. "Multiculturalism in action" means confronting racism, poverty, and crime through discussions, writing, and literature. M-CLASS is about re-creating "powerful learning communities" of teachers, students, and university researchers, empowering students to help shape curricula. Inside City Schools is a breath of fresh air amidst so much irresponsible antimulticultural rhetoric in education. Recommended for all levels. C. Maroufi; California State University, Los Angeles