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Should multicultural literature be included in the high school curriculum? Show more Show less
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Multicultural literature includes literature about people who are underrepresented in mainstream society and have been marginalized in some way, including Asian-American, African-American, and Chicano-American literature. For the most part, high school curriculum for English courses revolve around teaching the classics, but should more diverse literature be taught in high schools?

Yes, multicultural literature should be taught in schools Show more Show less

Students can gain affirmation about themselves and their culture.
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The literature is a stand against racism

Embracing multicultural texts as part of the curriculum in education gives students from varying backgrounds opportunities to be educated on issues surrounding race and to gain a fully rounded understanding of why racism is rightly frowned upon.

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Teaching multicultural literature in a classroom setting allows both students and teachers to develop a better understanding of other cultures and their differences. Multicultural literature will enable students to explore cultural customs and diverse language. By learning these differences, students will likely evolve to become more sensitive and understanding of cultures different than their own, and to stand against racism. When students have exposure to multicultural literature, they learn to empathize with those who experience discrimination, as well as reflecting on their cultural viewpoints and stances. [1] Promoting discussion about cultural difference teaches students to have greater cultural understanding. In a time where society is opposing bigotry, multicultural literature is a great way to promote better understanding in the next generation.

Counter arguments

Having open classroom discussions about multicultural literature and cultural differences does not always reach students. Teachers don't have the proper guidelines on how to teach multicultural literature, resulting in students not grasping the whole idea behind what they are reading[2] Students should discover these resources on their own if they please. But mandating that teachers and schools adopt multicultural literature causes more controversy than is worth the trouble.

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  1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00131720508984709?needAccess=true
  2. https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1598/JAAL.49.6.3?casa_token=fkzPV7oQGP8AAAAA:pzy3WbXwpl9CJTgunw1TGwilYnWTdXBJS9JNIAuQxJLVzlUKMoJDB1yYQZrGHctj5jqZrdm3KyxkAM0
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