A caravan of cars, full of activists and writers will be heading soon from Houston, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona.
I'm certain that there are two sides, usually many more than two, to every story. But there is a war going on that has reached the political world that will have consequences to those of us who teach literature.
Though by design, I hope to challenge those of every opinion who teach literature to revisit their opinions and paradigms, I try to remain as centrist as possible when I raise important questions regarding pedagogy related to literacy and literature.
My question after reading this article is NOT which side of the question of Tucsan's bookbanning laws do you come down on, but rather, would you, could you or should you attempt to bring this question to your students?
If so, how would you design the conversation so that it actually caused contemplation rather than just another simplistic shouting match where the same old sound bites are hurled into a room full of open mouths and closed ears.
And if not, would you feel as though an important battle was being fought and you chose to look the other way?