Choosing Which Texts to Teach or Not to Teach

PALS contributor Shelli Homer has been attending the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Ernest Gaines and the Southern Experience” at the Ernest Gaines Center at University of Louisiana Lafayette. She has had multiple pedagogical conversations with others attending the institute. One recurring conversation is how to keep students from privileging texts by white writers when they are taught alongside writers of color. The answer seems to come down to syllabus organization and resisting chronological orderings of texts. This week Matthew Teutsch ruminated on his blog about course design and textual pairings for potentially problematic texts.

Talking about Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers (1937) recently during the NEH Summer Institute, two questions arose: Why should we even read this novel? Should we even consider teaching it?…

Source: Choosing Which Texts to Teach or Not to Teach


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