Kissing Canon Goodbye

Let’s pretend you and I didn’t go to high school together. I bet I can still guess which books you were assigned to read in your secondary English classes. The list probably looked something like this:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • The Great Gatsby

Maybe you sprinkled in a little Of Mice and Men or Hamlet or A Tale of Two Cities, but for the most part, I’d wager these are the titles that showed up on your English syllabi. Fewer than ten books and plays have dominated English curriculum for decades, and while these are all perfectly reputable titles, they are a microscopic sample of what is available in the world to read.

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Advice from a Teacher Struggling to Find Confidence During History’s Weirdest Educational Year

This is the hardest teaching has ever been. Whether you’re a first-year teacher or a 30-year veteran, it’s never been so dang challenging to get through a day of educating America’s youth. It’s friggin’ hard, folks, and it’s hard for a whole lot of reasons beyond teachers’ control.

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