[aisle] Addressing Problematic Authors
kkruckenberg at cusd50.org
Thu Sep 24 10:45:37 CDT 2020
I do not have specific resources to share, but I'd like to share this quote
from a Washington Post article about Laura Ingals Wilder:
"Whether we love Wilder or hate her, we should know her. For decades, her
legacy has been awash in sentimentality, but every American — including the
children who read her books — should learn the harsh history behind her
work. Vividly, unforgettably, it still tells truths about white settlement,
homesteading and the violent appropriation of Indian land and culture."
I think we should ecouragae teachers to not shy away from
contorversial authors, but look at their contributions to the literary
world as a whole body of work, and not judge them on biases that they may
or may not hold, if they were alive today.
I also agree that generalities do not help, and it is better to make
statements like "The author held views that are considered racist, and this
did/did not influence this work" "Or at the time this was written, the
author was part of a society that held racist beliefs". It sure it a
challenging subject, but one met best, I feel, head on and with
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On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 10:15 AM Kathleen Kerner via AISLE <
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> Can we also say that a person "held rascist views" or "cheated on their
> taxes" or "was convicted of murder" instead of "was a bad person"? That's
> a very broad judgement to make based on one aspect of a person's character,
> albeit an important one, but humans are more complex entities. It would
> not be helpful if we started labelling all people as "good" or "bad" so
> simplistically. It is actually part of the problem of incivility that
> society is experiencing now.
> On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 8:53 AM Nichole Folkman via AISLE <
> aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:
>> 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
>> Twitter lately.
>> On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 4:21 PM John Heideman via AISLE <
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>>> 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
>>> 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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