[aisle] Addressing Problematic Authors
nfolkman at hartem.org
Thu Sep 24 08:53:14 CDT 2020
I'm glad you bring this up. I do not have any specific resources to offer,
but I do think it's really important to show authors as humans who have
faults and are often problematic. Children are good at sitting with
difficulties like understanding that someone can be a great writer and a
bad person. Kate Messner has been talking about similar issues on her
On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 4:21 PM John Heideman via AISLE <
aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:
> I don't think an author's lifestyle or political views should matter. The
> content of the book should matter.If we censure every author whose views or
> lifestyle we disagree with we won't have many books in our collection.
> Mr. Heideman ( Children's Librarian North Chicago Public Library)
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 3:49 PM Claire Greene via AISLE <
> aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:
>> Hi, everyone!
>> I'm trying to develop a playbook for teachers in my school to use to
>> address content written by problematic authors.
>> My number one priority is finding substantive and meaningful ways to
>> represent diverse perspectives in the curriculum, but my question is about
>> addressing the use of works by problematic authors that are already written
>> into the curriculum.
>> Specifically, our 6th grade LA curriculum includes work by Roald Dahl,
>> who many of you will be aware was involved in propagating many disturbing
>> racist ideas. While the content itself is not problematic, I think it's
>> hugely important to address the issue of his character in a clear and
>> concrete way.
>> Does anyone have any specific lessons or resources that they have already
>> piloted with students around this theme?
>> I have already perused the sources below, but I wanted to reach out to
>> you all as well.
>> PBS Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching
>> Teaching Tolerance Guide for Discussing Difficult Topics with Students
>> and all of the resources included in this epic EdWeek Blog:
>> 15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing, and Protest
>> Thank you for your insights!
>> Claire Greene
>> School Librarian
>> Northbrook Junior High School
>> cgreene at northbrook28.net
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