1) What’s wrong with what we’re doing right now? Why are we having this conversation? Are we pressured to appease the pluralists, afraid of being called racists, so much so that we’re missing the obvious, we are one country, we must operate united, we can’t just all do our own thing because a segregationist society is arguably a very unhealthy society? The word “Homogenous” is a dysphemism– While we can all agree variety is necessary for the survival of all entities, union, connection and integration are as well.
2) What does Americanization mean? If over generations, ethnic groups become “Americanized”, it’s that they are adopting “American ways” but also, in the process of blending into the dominant culture, inevitably, infuse the dominant culture with traces of their own culture. Unless insisted upon, homogeneity is more difficult to achieve/is less naturally occurring than heterogeneity– Am I not right?
The awareness that these thoughts on literacy and discourse dominance are bringing is helpful in acknowledging that some students will need more pedagogical help (and one that is customized to their bi-cultural disposition), than is already offered to them. However, couldn’t there be a very likely backlash to indoctrinating this notion of cultural identity into literacy pedagogy– perhaps one that instead of increasing the confidence of that minority, actually alienates them by placing particular emphasis on their background and making distinctions between their culture and the dominant one? Perhaps some students will need it, but considering its application on a more universal level, it sounds and may manifest as the anti-thesis of equality. Does anyone else think it’s actually a recipe for bad morale, exactly the opposite of what’s intended?
Can we not take the example of how resistant students are to being placed in ESL as a sign that such micro-teaching can have negative attitudes and repercussions?