This is by far the best article I have read this semester (and I’ve read a lot of them). That said, it’s also incredibly dense (in a good way, unless you are trying for a semi-brief but nonetheless coherent blog post). In keeping with these facts, I want to address a few points this article makes.
I think these quotes frame a decent summary of their discussion of literacy pedagogies: “This is the basis for a cohesive sociality, a new civility in which differences are used as a productive resource and in which differences are the norm.” “When learners juxtapose different languages, discourses, styles, and approaches, they gain substantively in meta-cognitive and meta-linguistic abilities and in their ability to reflect critically on complex systems and their interactions.”
I find what they say here refreshing as well: “Insofar as differences are now a core, mainstream issue, the core or the mainstream has changed.” “This is the basis for a transformed pedagogy of access – access to symbolic capital with a real valence in the emergent realities of our time.” “The role of pedagogy is to develop an epistemology of pluralism that provides access without people having to erase or leave behind different subjectivities.” It’s amazingly relevant still, considering the age of the article. The depth of understanding how multiculturality should work within literacy pedagogy is impressive.
“The metalanguage of multiliteracies describes the elements of Design, not as rules, but as an heuristic that accounts for the infinite variability of different forms of meaning-making in relation to the cultures, subcultures, or the layers of an individual’s identity that these forms serve.”
Overall, this is a fantastic piece that I plan on coming back to (hopefully more today, even). The general theme of redesigning the curriculum to reflect the actual fluidity and flexibility of our multi-faceted culture, discourse activities, genre conventions, language uses, and social practices is both intriguing and deserves much attention. Even now. Especially now.