What else is going on in classrooms besides "learning lessons"?
Besides learning lessons, school can be used as a way in which one becomes immersed in the values and learning of skills necessary to be successful in the dominant culture. As a former teacher who worked with a high immigrant population, I felt that my students came to learn about American values, language, idioms, etc. from textbooks and from interaction with other students. While I felt it was important for students to be exposed to these pieces of learning, both inside and outside the classroom, I also felt it necessary to balance this with material they could relate to. Furthermore, children are required to learn new cultural norms and to balance them with those of their homes. We saw this in Heath and Lareau’s research and continue to see it in classrooms across America today. Vgarza