Meghan Cox Gurdon: Selfs Homer word gepeuter — 'n mis. skool verbied het 'The Odyssey’

Meghan Cox Gurdon: Selfs Homer word gepeuter -- 'n mis. school has banned 'The Odyssey'

'N Volgehoue ​​poging is aan die gang om kinders toegang tot literatuur te weier. Under the slogan #DisruptTexts, critical-theory ideologues, schoolteachers and Twitter agitators are purging and propagandizing against classic texts—everything from Homer to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Dr. Seuss.

Their ethos holds that children shouldn’t have to lees stories written in anything other than the present-day vernacular—especially thosein which racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate are the norm,” as young-adult novelist Padma Venkatraman writes in School Library Journal. No author is valuable enough to spare, Me. Venkatraman instructs: “Absolving Shakespeare of responsibility by mentioning that he lived at a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevailed, risks sending a subliminal message that academic excellence outweighs hateful rhetoric.

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The subtle complexities of literature are being reduced to the crude clanking ofintersectionalpower struggles. Thus Seattle English teacher Evin Shinn tweeted in 2018 that he’drather diethan teachThe Scarlet Letter,” unless Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel is used tofight against misogyny and slut-shaming.

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Outsiders got a glimpse of the intensity of the #DisruptTexts campaign recently when self-describedantiracist teacherLorena Germán complained that many classics were written more than 70 jare terug: “Think of US society before then & the values that shaped this nation afterwards. THAT is what is in those books.

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