“a crowdsourced, grass roots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon”
These left wing radicals want nothing more than power and control. That’s what this is all about.
The College Fix reports:
Goodbye Atticus Finch, hello ‘Antiracist Baby.’ #DisruptTexts is coming to a classroom near you.
Tony Kinnett first encountered the ideas behind #DisruptTexts in 2016 while student teaching in rural Indiana.
“There was a teacher who was changing how she taught some of the books that were normally taught in her middle school classroom,” he told The College Fix. “She had basically left out a lot of classical literature in exchange for some modern pieces that were written by more diverse authors.”
After encountering others who wanted to cut “ethnically white” classics in his Master’s Degree program, Kinnett — educator, curriculum developer, and co-founder of The Chalkboard Review — knew something was off. While they claimed the classics were not diverse enough, he noted a deeper reason for the change.
“Realistically, it was that they were the foundational building blocks of Western Civilization,” Kinnett said. “So [the authors] disagree with the collectivist ideas that the #DisruptTexts movement supports.”
According to its website, #DisruptTexts is “a crowdsourced, grass roots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon” using an antiracist lens. This push for a “more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum” has left beloved and time-tested novels in the dust.
Take “To Kill a Mockingbird” as an example. Few would call Atticus Finch problematic, but #DisruptTexts has no qualms with doing so. By their analysis, he’s a white savior who “doesn’t see the need to publicly disrupt the legal system.” Not an antiracist, certainly not a hero.
#DisruptTexts wants more teachers to take this approach to literature. This summer, they’re showing educators how.
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