Discussion Question 3:
In the chapter of Whatever It Takes about Baby College, Tough discusses the challenges of conveying scientifically-grounded parenting/early childhood literacy education across cultural lines. He quotes Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips, who wrote, “As a practical matter, whites cannot tell black parents to change their practices without provoking charges of ethnocentrism, racism, and much else.” At Baby College in Harlem, every staffer is black or Hispanic, negating this issue – but generally speaking, if you’re from a different cultural background than the population you’re serving, how have you worked to earn trust instead of justify skepticism?
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