ERIC Number: ED364880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: 0
Out of the Melting Pot: The Battle over the Booklist. Teaching Cases in Cross-Cultural Education No. 12.
Finley, Paris; Kleinfeld, Judith, Ed.
In the form of a teaching case, this paper recounts the difficulties of an English teacher whose reading list was challenged as being racist. In introductory materials, the paper explains that teaching cases help develop students' abilities to spot issues and frame problems in an ambiguous, complex teaching situation. The paper presents the case in narrative form, discussing: (1) the accusations made by a parent of a Hispanic student that the book list was "unrepresentative" and that her child was given less difficult tasks to do in class; (2) the book list itself; (3) progress reports sent to parents; (4) the teacher's perspective on the "classics"; (5) an earlier racially-related incident at a neighboring school; and (6) the teacher's decision. The book list, the parent's letter to the school board, the student's progress report, an assignment for "Brave New World," and a list of five questions to consider are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.
Identifiers: Cultural Sensitivity; Educational Issues; English Teachers; Literary Canon; Reading Lists