Sunday, October 22, 2017
Should "Mockingbird" always be taught in schools? How about "Monster"?
I’ve talked about Harper Lee and “To Kill a Mockingbird” a couple times here before (July 15, 2015), but Alice Randall of NBC News “Think” questions “Why are we still teaching ‘To Kill a Mockingbird; in schools?”
Randall makes the point that some of the elements of the story might be interpreted by underprivileged African American children as further justification for believing in inferior social status.
She recommends “Monster” (1999) by African-American writer Walter Dean Myers (Amistad reprint), It’s about the prosecution of a black teen for his participation in a convenience store killing.
In connection with Millinneal Bloggers, CM Rubin writes "The Global Search for Education: Let's Talk about Racism", here. I note the comment about "English Literature" v. "Literature in English".