Just in case you missed 60 Minutes (on CBS) last weekend, Byron Pitts reported on the neverending “Huckleberry Finn” saga and the use of the word nigger. He did a great job by showing all aspects of the controversy. Take a look.
Since I was in high school, I have been on the fence as to whether or not Huck and To Kill A Mockingbird were books that I needed to read; but who wants to argue with a teacher? I am sure you can tell, nothing has changed for me since then. I still ask, are these books relevant? Are there other more contemporary books out there that students (and teachers) can learn from? As educators, it is incumbent on us to keep having conversations about today’s reading lists. Imho, reading lists should change. They actually need to change in an effort to cultivate a garden of new crops. Just imagine what life would be like if the Industrial Revolution didn’t begin – serve its purpose – then end? What happens if we keep these reading lists for another 100-years?
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