“I couldn't stop reading this book! It masterfully pinpoints how language plays a critical, fundamental role in our daily lives as educators. Most important, it shows us how our deepest thoughts are manifested in language and how we can deal with them in our continued efforts to dismantle gender, racial, and class prejudice.”
—Susan Roberta Katz, Professor and Chair of International & Multicultural Education
University of San Francisco
“The authors show that by thinking critically about how we interact with others and by making the necessary changes in our own behavior, leaders can model respectful and collaborative ways of addressing and responding to others and gradually change the norms of the whole community.”
—Gordon Wells, Professor of Education
University of California, Santa Cruz
“Any chapter is enough for a year's worth of conversation, and occasionally a good argument—among students, staff, and families. The book is an invitation to dialogue with one's peers, but it also prompts dialogue with oneself. A must-read.”
—Deborah W. Meier, Educational Reformer, Writer, and Activist
Unlock the power of language to promote equity in your school!
This enlightening book shows how everyday speech can be a transforming force in today's schools, creating a more equitable environment for people of all backgrounds. Written by experts on language and diversity, this resource combines research-validated tools and real-world insights for addressing verbal communication issues within the classroom and schoolwide. Readers will find:
Case studies and vignettes that show how language contributes to school change and shapes community relationships; Thought-provoking exercises that strengthen language awareness and leadership skills; Guidance on effectively coaching students and colleagues on equity issues and the use of appropriate language
By using language to overcome barriers, foster collaboration, and promote respect, leaders can make a significant difference in the quality of life and work in schools.
Chapter 8: Conclusion: The Power of Talk
Conclusion: The Power of Talk
By now you have learned that both of two seemingly contradictory adages contain a portion of the truth: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Words by themselves will never break your bones, but they can and all too often do help create ways of thinking that would influence someone to believe that breaking your bones is a good idea (e.g., Hitler's rants and Nazi attempts at genocide). But at the same time, we can also use words for transformative purposes. And since words are capable of affecting the way we understand the world, then perhaps the pen (and our spoken or ...