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Should multicultural literature be included in the high school curriculum? Show more Show less

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?

No, multicultural literature should not be taught in schools Show more Show less

Multicultural literacy isn't the school's job to provide.
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Multicultural literature is not needed in school curriculum

The traditional school curriculum has been satisfactory thus far.
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Context

The Argument

In many language arts/literature classes, classics such as “Jane Eyre,” “The Odyssey,” and “Macbeth” are taught and discussed. A range of formats of literature are usually taught (poems, plays, short stories, etc) that provide students with a sufficient variety of literature and prose. If students are curious about different types of literature, they can explore it on their own or take unique courses at college. The standard school curriculum provides students the foreground of writing and literature so that they could then individually explore different avenues post-graduation if they wish.

Counter arguments

If students don’t know the different avenues of literature then they won’t know the options in the first place.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The objective of a standard high school curriculum is to provide the basics of reading and writing. [P2] Therefore, it is not the curriculum’s duty to otherwise supply students with a worldview of literature.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] It is the responsibility of the curriculum to give students an overview of the landscape of literature.

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