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A Must-Read Book for All to Keep The Hopes and Dreams Alive
on September 24, 2001
After reading Dr. Ladson-Billing's book, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children, I found it to be a truly inspiring and enriching book with a great perspective
and discourse for the terms of multicultural education in practice and culturally relevant teaching. The author uses a
great technique by telling her story in three voices. Her first written voice is; that of an African American scholar and researcher, second; that of an African American teacher, and third; that of an African American woman, parent, and community
It is very well written and easy to read and comprehend for anyone. This should be a reference and resource book in the L.R.C. or library, as well as classrooms of all urban schools and teacher-training programs for teacher/educator skills and practices.
The author, Gloria Ladson-Billings, explains thourghly in, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African- American Children,
how these eight successful teachers of African American children, made the connection between the students culture, community, home and school. They did this by living and learning their students' culture and relating it to their teaching methods and practices.
This book has really helped me in my doctoral qualitative research studies; to have a better understanding of African American culturally relevant teaching pedagody, from theory to practice. It's a must and great resource book for all pre-service and in-service teachers, all educators, administrators, student teacher supervisors, college teacher training instructors, and parents too. We can keep the hopes and dreams of our African American and all other diverse children alive! The teachers can learn and become successful and feel good about themselves and be more competent about their teaching practices. Thus, as a result of this, the students will be successful too! We must think positive, if you believe it you can achieve it. African American children can have a quality of academic achievement and success.
Hats off to this author and to the field of EDUCATION! She gives us a complete and comprehensive knowledge base of what culturally relevant teaching, teacher efficacy and self-esteem are as well. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those in the field of education working with African American children!!!