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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 Lead commenter

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

    alex_teccy Lead 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?
     
  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

    No.
     
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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!
     
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  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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  15. a1976

    a1976 Occasional commenter

    Pretty soon, using correction fluid will be considered "racist".
     
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  16. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    I think there needs to be some education about what real reacism actually is. I am getting tired of the r word being fished out over almost anything and without any reference to context.If we were indeed to start banning "racist literature"then we would also have to ban a fair few works of art (those which depict slaves and black household servants) films and music.
    We should also ban almost all of our history for its racist, colonialist overtones. Then we can all live in a false happy world where we pretend that none of this ever happened.
    A blank sheet in fact ...just ripe for the whole ugly business to start again.
     
  17. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Sorry to drag this thread back up again but read this article and compare with the bristol news one.

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/14/mums-anger-children-told-read-racist-language-mice-men-11125186/

    Doesn't take a lot of work to find out who 'owns' the papers. I wonder how many of the other owned papers have run/will be running the same story at locl schools.
     
  18. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  19. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Snowpake fluid! Ooooooh...sounds white suprematist to MEE!
     
  20. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    But what colour should that blank sheet be?!!!
     
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