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Literacies of power : what americans are not allowed to know / Donaldo Macedo; foreword Paulo Freire

Main Author Macedo, Donaldo, 1950 Secondary Author Freire, Paulo, 1921-1997 Country Estados Unidos. Publication Boulder : Westview Press, cop. 1994 Description XVII, 206 p. ; 23 cm Series The edge, critical studies in education theory ISBN 0-8133-2253-7 CDU 37.013
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Challenging conservatives like Allan Bloom and E. D. Hirsch, Macedo shows why so-called common culture literacy is a form of dominant cultural reproduction that undermines independent thought and goes against the best interests of our students. Offering a wide-ranging counterargument, Macedo shows why cultural literacy cannot be restricted to the acquisition of Western heritage values, which sustain an ideology that systematically negates the cultural experiences of many members of society--not only minorities but also anyone who is poor or disenfranchised. Macedo calls on his own experience as a Cape Verdean immigrant from West Africa who had to surmount the barriers imposed by the world's most entrenched monolingual system of higher education. His eloquence in this book is testimony to the very idea that critical thinking and good education are not and must not be culturally or linguistically bounded.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • Notes (p. 185)
  • About the Book and Author (p. 197)
  • Index (p. 199)
  • Series Editors' Foreword (p. xiii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xvii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 Literacy for Stupidification: The Pedagogy of Big Lies (p. 9)
  • 2 Our Common Culture: A Poisonous Pedagogy (p. 37)
  • 3 Our Uncommon Culture: The Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Language (p. 91)
  • 4 English Only: The Tongue-Tying of America (p. 125)
  • 5 Educational Reform: Literacy and Poverty Pimps (p. 137)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Donaldo Macedo is professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. He is the author of many books, including "Literacies of Power" and the forthcoming "Ideology Matters", coauthored with Paulo Freire.

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