Dysfunctional Literacy

In the two and four-year institutions of higher learning where I teach, they have "purchased access [so instructors can] attend a live online seminar on "helping Unprepared Students Succeed in the College Classroom." With "more and more students arriving on campus without the tools they need to succeed," they invariably drop out or fail their classes. This seminar promises to be a panacea for all these difficulties. The seminar aims to introduce strategies that will "promote student engagement" in addition to getting "students to buy in to [the] course and its requirements." Ultimately the instructors will be able to "guide students to sound decision making by giving them choices with well-defined consequences." And, of course we are enjoined to "make content more relevant for students." This culturally relevant teaching was made popular by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings in the early 1990s. Please note that "culturally relevant teaching is a pedagogy" which displays "cultural...(Read Full Article)