After reading the MinnPost article I can't say that Skahan agreed with the student. She did see it as a good way to get the student talking and connect with the student.
The MinnPost article makes the case (anecdotally) for culturally responsive teaching. See the comments too. Not the best source to use if you want to discredit the teaching practice: http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2012/05/culturally-responsive-teaching-its-something-you-do-every-day