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Losing Our Language: How Multicultural Classroom... (used HC)

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...Instruction Is Undermining Our Children's Ability to Read, Write, & Reason

Sandra Stotsky; List Price: $25.50; Format: Hardcover; ISBN: 0684849615; Release Date: February 1999; Publisher: The Free Press; Length: 336 pages (Illustrated). Condition: Very Good. Has original price sticker and significant shelfdust. Jacket and cover are both still in overall nice shape, binding is strong, and pages are otherwise unmarked. Same cover design as that shown here.


Losing Our Language reveals what the once benign, now politically correct ideology of multiculturalism has come to mean for elementary school reading curriculums in the 1990s. In this book, Dr. Stotsky details the changes that have been made over the past decade in cultural content and teaching strategies used for reading instruction in elementary schools. She asserts that under the guise of an overzealous, culturally diverse agenda, intellectual and literary goals are rapidly being displaced by social and political goals and by the demands of a profoundly moralizing pedagogy. Losing Our Language discusses how, in an effort to incorporate more ethnically varied readings into children's textbooks and to raise minority students' "self-esteem", basal readers have systematically been "dumbed down"; what's more, as the readers have become grammatically more simple and simpleminded, there has been a downward trend in children's analytical powers, general knowledge, and overall literacy. However, in Losing Our Language, Sandra Stotsky offers real hope to parents and educators seeking to regain literacy for our country's children. She gives us a much-needed reminder that ultimately, reading teaches us how to think--regardless of whether we are rich or poor, black or white.

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