Teachers Seek to Ditch Shakespeare: Challenge His ‘Whiteness’

Teachers Seek to Ditch Shakespeare: Challenge His ‘Whiteness’

A growing number of teachers have decided that William Shakespeare must be purged from school curricula, arguing that the Bard promotes white supremacy and intolerance.

Multiple educators relayed their concerns about the Elizabethan author’s supposedly problematic worldviews in the School Library Journal’s January issue. They argue that it is time for Shakespeare to be set aside in favor of more inclusive modern voices or at least to be taught in a way that challenges students to address the “whiteness” of their thinking.

Shakespeare, thou hast been canceled.

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The plan to push out the Bard of Avon is not new, however, as teachers and academics have discussed the idea for quite some time.

Groups like Disrupt Texts seek to eradicate Shakespeare from academia, an action they hope will expose students to a wider range of literature. Lorena Germán, chair of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Anti-Racism Committee, is the organization’s

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