Critical Literacy Versus Reading Programs in the United States: Schooling as a Form of Control
Prof Roberto Bahruth.
In the United States, despite years of educational research demonstrating the ineffectiveness and harm caused by reading programs based upon a behaviorist paradigm, the political mandates of state and federal programs insists upon their continued use. One might conclude that this insistence is born out of ignorance, however, it seems clear that the populations most harmed by these programs are the poor and minorities. Privileged class students are also harmed because of the “literacy” (shallow literacy) these programs produce, but at least they come to school already knowing how to read. I will discuss the politics of literacy and language programs in the United States and how they serve to oppress as they reproduce the status quo.
Prof Roberto Bahruth (United States)
Professor of Multicultural Education and Applied Linguistics
Dept. of Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language
Boise State University
Roberto Bahruth holds a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, has published several books and articles on multiculturalism and education, has delivered numerous keynotes, and has done extensive work internationally in Israel, Taiwan, Guatemala, and Cuba.
(60 min. Workshop, English)