I am always on the hunt for good historical fiction that makes my students connect with the era under study in my class. This week, I finally finished Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua. It’s a fantastic book by a well-respected author and could engage students in deep learning about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, however, the focus on the love life between the Chairman and Mei Xiang makes this book too cringey for me to assign to my class. This is honestly the first book where I have censored myself and I wonder if other social studies teachers feel similarly in this political climate, or if I am alone in this sentiment.
Do you feel as if your school administration would stand up to parents who want to question or argue with you about your curricular choices?
Does today’s anti-teacher sentiment make you anxious about assigning academic work outside of your district textbook?
Should teachers team together on interdisciplinary approaches to teaching ELA & History in order to diffuse some of this tension?
Join me on Twitter September 26, 2022 at 5 PT, 7 CT, or 8 ET to chat about this topic with the #sschat #sschatreads & #engsschat community. Bring your most controversial titles. We will be issuing merit badges.