How Children Learn: Getting Beyond the Deficit Myth

1st Edition

Terese Fayden

Routledge
Published January 15, 2006
Reference - 226 Pages
ISBN 9781594511059 - CAT# Y222800
Series: Series in Critical Narrative

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Summary

The inspirational stories of young learners in this book discredit assumptions behind recent educational reforms, including high stakes testing and No Child Left Behind policies. The experiences of the American Indian children and the author, a kindergarten teacher, challenge the widely held assumption that minority children enter school "at risk." Deficit theory assumes that minority children are responsible for their failure by cultural deficiency or family ineptitude. Fayden vividly shows how truly equitable treatment of minority children can improve students' inherent abilities to learn and can result in higher achievement for minority and all young children.

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