Saturday, November 7, 2015

"Literacy With An Attitude"


Patrick Finn's main focus is to identify that there is an imbalance in education among social classes. According to Finn , there are two kinds of education, there is empowering education, which leads to powerful literacy, the kind of literacy that leads to positions of power and authority. The second kind of education is domesticating education, which leads to functional literacy, literacy that makes a person productive and dependable. He believes that student from the high social class get empowering education and powerful literacy. While the students from the working class and the middle class receive domesticating education and functional literacy.
This is totally unfair when schools are not providing the same opportunities for each student. That reminds me of Kristof When he describes the U.S.A. by "The land of limitations". Kristof also mentions that how parents are very important in their kids future. In a society that classifies people by their class level.
When Finn says "people who have the power to make changes are comfortable with the way things are" that made me think of Delpit's culture of power. The fifth idea of the culture of power is " those with power are frequently least aware of or least willing to acknowledge its existence." Finn and Delpit both agree that the ones with the power are in the upper class has access to the best education because of their wealth and power.
Finn spoke about Kozal in this chapter, in regards to titling his book. kozal has a story called "Savage Inequalities". This reminds me of Mott Haven and how utterly unfair that their whole town and eucation system is compared to the upper class that has more power.

I found an article I like to share with  you. Which describes how education is important for kids here



  1. Hi marwa great post !

  2. I really like the layout of your post!

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  4. 100% that we should have a more equal educational system that helps all of the students not just mild class or people with money.