New Times, New Curiculum

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English classes use many types of literature to express history and themes to students. Predominantly, teachers promote books that are either classics, books with inequality or both. The most commonly taught a topic is racism, which is an essential topic to cover. So much can be taught as far as racism goes, the only problem with some of this teaching, is with the same books brought up and same general topics covered, so much isn’t taught. The Holocaust is constantly covered, which is of much importance, but similar and worse events are missed or only briefly covered. Gender inequality is briefly mentioned, if mentioned at all.

This is frustrating in the sense that students are only getting a standard capsule of information that is often repeated and never looked at in-depth because students are trained with the basic events and don’t often both to look further.

For example, students could cover more topics of inequality, gender inequality, sexual orientation inequality, or history of Africa and it’s wars. So much is being missed that in this day and age needs to be covered too.

Many teachers are doing well in showing these variety of topics, while some don’t. It would help a lot if curriculum required these topics so all students could cover these topics as well.

Students would likely benefit more from less of the same events, and more of different similar events. A broader sense of topics than just racism inequality is vital as well, because this is not just a one time event in our history, it hides in different ways students aren’t always aware of shortening their knowledge.

It maybe about time teachers and districts look back over the curriculum because what they currently have is vital to students knowledge, but what they may be missing is vital to filling that knowledge gap. By taking a look a more broad topics that what is familiar in the curriculum students will have access to a deeper worldview.  

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