Upon reading part one of Lisa Delpit's "Other People's Children", I was a bit .

I thought to myself, could this be true? Am I actually reading about someone .

who is not in favor of the process-oriented approach to education? The reading came as .

a surprise because throughout my teacher education program, both in undergrad and grad .

school, I was immersed in all of these progressive, process-oriented philosophies of .

teaching. I was told of the benefits of using these approaches in the classroom. .

However, I never questioned the fact that I was a product of a skills-oriented approach to .

instruction. I don't think I turned out so bad. So how could the skills-oriented approach .

be so ineffective?.

Just as Delpit initially espoused these beliefs towards progressive education, I, .

too, considered myself an advocate of these teaching styles. However, Delpit, as a result .

of her experiences has altered her educational views to include an approach that takes .

into consideration the increasingly diverse children we teach. She opts for a more .

balanced approach that is skill oriented, but also allows for critical and creative thinking .

to take place in the classroom. Moreover, her educational approach is one in which we .

recognize and praise diversity, as opposed to considering it a problem within schools. I .

am in favor of her approach and clearly see the validity of her views. Lacking skills is .

like having a body without a skeleton. And we can't just assume prior knowledge on the .

part of the students that we teach, especially if you consider students" diverse cultures. .

We can't assume prior knowledge, because cultures espouse beliefs that individual to the .

culture. .

Vincenza Deserio.

Delpit has made some important revelations with regards to the process or .

progressive oriented approach, and how this style of teaching was devised. It's an .

approach that was devised by the white mainstream culture, and those outside of this .