Talk Matters: Refocusing the Language of Public Schooling

Teachers College Press, Nov 5, 2000 – 175 pages

In this compelling volume, Beatrice Fennimore takes an original look at educational language, the language used in educational contexts and conversation, and the impact that it has on student outcomes. In exploring this topic, Fennimore addresses educational language in myriad contexts such as public schooling, teacher education programs, deficit terminology and labeling. The result is a powerful volume that inspires our thinking and impels us to consider historical resistance to equality. Seasoned with realistic examples, suggested activities to enhance understanding, and sample codes of ethics for respectful and democratic behavior in educational settings, this book has much to offer anyone interested in achieving clarity in the language of public schooling and promoting equal educational opportunity.