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Racist books read within the Curriculum

Discussion in 'Education news' started by lorraine7, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. MacGuyver

    MacGuyver Occasional commenter

    I think a reread of To Kill a Mockingbird is in order.
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  2. install

    install Star commenter

    A great read. And a great education in how to stand up against racism, prejudice and ignorance.
  3. Kandahar

    Kandahar Established commenter

    Quite agree - though perhaps a little over - read, if you follow me.
  4. alex_teccy

    alex_teccy Established commenter

    How did we get to the state where so many of our young teachers and students have got to the stage where they cannot distinguish between discussing racism/prejudice and actually being racism?

    I recal hearing a primary school teacher saying "you must never offend anybody" to a class, for example so it starts early on.

    When I was at school in the 80s my mate got in trouble becuase a teacher over-heard him talking about pac-man.

    have schools become madrassas for "wokeness", churning out zealots who aspire to victim-hood?
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  5. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Occasional commenter

    Some of them seem to have become exactly that... and from what I read more so in the USA than over here.
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  6. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Is "To kill a mockingbird" racist?
  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Easy. You...er...get ‘teachers’ to such a nadir when you do not educate them at school or train them at College properly. Ooh, ‘nadir’! That’s racist! Quick, quick, tweet-shame them!
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  8. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I sent Nigel ‘Farrage-Barrage’ a copy!
  9. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

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  10. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Not any more! Since Govification of the English curriculum, we don’t have time to teach ‘big books’...you could not make it up.
  11. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    No. They are an affront to environmental awareness. Do you offset? Do you like Greta? DO YOU?!;):D
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  12. SparkMaths

    SparkMaths Occasional commenter

    The word isn't falling out of use because of rap music using it constantly, every other racist word I heard someone say hasn't been used since the 90s and therefore sounds old fashioned and uncool to say.

    I'm not sure it's use in the correct historical context is going to be that meaningful compared to it's use in music.

    Has anyone actually asked the students by the way?
  13. sobester

    sobester New commenter

    Surely, if staff delivering the curriculum have put in relevant contextual education and have used the opportunity of debating issues arising from the text being studied, then we are empowering our young people to challenge negatives and avoid repeating mistakes. As educators it is important that we hit challenging issues head on and equip learners with the knowledge that allows them to have informed discussions on a range of issues. Censorship limits our ability to open minds!
  14. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Children should not be exposed to foul language, obscene pictures, violent videos, sexualized images, religious intolerance, bigotry, incitement to hurt others, people mocking others that are disabled, disfigured, ugly or just different etc.
    For the most part, my parents and the neighbourhood I grew up in ensured I only 'discovered' the things about life I needed shortly before I used them. Girly magazines were kept out of reach on the top shelf, turf accountants had no signs about what went on inside, the adventures of Noddy, Big ears and Golliwogs was innocent reading material ( and still is). Two generations of people who were told by their parents, teachers and our government that white, english christian families have the correct viewpoint about what is right and wrong in the world are now told some of that is suddenly illegal and they have some stark choices to make.
    If a little more thought had gone into controlling access to age appropriate material via the internet and games consoles and a lot more effort laying better foundations for parents to build on, maybe children will understand better why the 'n' word is not only derogatory when used by a white person but also when used by a black person.

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