Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Review of Why Culture Counts by Donna Walker Tileston and Sandra K. Darli, review by Valerie C.
I teach part-time at a local community college, but I am also continuing (forever) to look for a full-time teaching job. So I constantly look for and read books about teaching. This is a book about teaching the urban poor in the US: Why Culture Counts. It focuses on black and Hispanic students and shares some interesting ideas about how to make these students want to learn and participate in schools. It is a good book even though it leaves out the largest group of American poor: poor whites...most of them rural. However, the ideas in the book for making one's classroom more inviting, colorful, and welcoming can work for all students. I recommend this book for teachers.