Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 9:48 am by Cristina in    No comments
TES reports that the murder of George Floyd in the US has sparked a petition in the UK for these two books to be added on to the GCSE reading lists: Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Ms Crossley [who has started the petition] states: “These two books wouldn’t only contribute diversity to the current GCSE reading lists, they would also highlight our current society’s diversity, inequalities and opportunities for change.
"Highlighting this to young adults will hopefully ignite a desire to be part of the change and also stamp out ignorance towards diversity.
“The current English GCSE reading list consists of authors ranging from 19th-century writers such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Charlotte Brontë. Shakespeare dominates a large portion of reading lists, and modern prose shows a little more diversity with Meera Syal and Maya Angelou amongst George Orwell and John Steinbeck.
"Although these lists of literature span a wide range of content, they do very little to reflect our current society. (Dave Speck)

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