Giving high school students the tools to question classic literature

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By Isaac Sinclair

Jeanne Dyches says texts regularly assigned in high school literature classes may exclude some students. File photo.

AMES, Iowa – Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class and Jeanne Dyches, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, would like students to question that tradition.

“As a field, we need to think about how our disciplines are advancing certain stories, silencing certain stories and socializing our students to think that what we’re teaching them is neutral,” Dyches said. “We need to have a conversation around why certain texts are taught year after year.”

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