School board hears update on culturally responsive teaching effort

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The San Ramon Valley school board received an update Tuesday on the district's budding effort to focus on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on May 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

I think there is a fair amount of merit and value in the program described above, although it might also be (easily) taken to excess. In addition to teaching students with different cultural and language backgrounds, I was pleased to see (roughly in the middle of the article) some recognition of the fact that boys (particularly in the earlier grades) may require/need (or benefit from) some modified teaching methods that incorporate more "moving around" (for lack of a better term).

At the same time, the amount of "educator-ese" mumbo-jumbo in the article was breathtaking. I don't recall any of my teachers spending too much time on "validating" and "affirming" me. It seemed to be mostly teaching. It's good for teachers to be cognizant of differences among their students, and (in a general sense) to adjust their teaching methods to reflect what works for different students. But frankly, more time teaching, and less time "validating and affirming" would probably be beneficial.

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Posted by Krishna Jahn
a resident of San Ramon
on May 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

Let's also teach the kids about female genital mutilation as well as arranged marriages at the age of 9 according to the Quran. How about info on those cultures that allow boys to hit their mothers as they are considered second class citizens? Quite a problem in Fremont schools.

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on May 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

What a ridiculous waste of time!!!!!

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