2nd June, 2011
Will having read Invisible Man make a police officer less likely to indulge in racial profiling? Will a familiarity with Steinbeck make him more sympathetic to the plight of the poor, so that he might understand the lives of those who simply cannot get their taillights fixed? Will it benefit the correctional officer to have read The Autobiography of Malcolm X? The health-care worker Arrowsmith? Should the child-welfare officer read Plath’s “Daddy”?
Can we make a list? Like Professor X has here in a brief snippet of his VAST exposé of college writing classes, can we correlate a work of literature with a working class job?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard kids complain about reading.
Wouldn’t it be great to put together a list of works of literature and connect it to a job? So when a kid says, “This doesn’t matter because I’m going to be a ________,” and then you can direct a kid to a work of lit that reflects their job?
When the list grows, I’ll share it here and on the Team Teachers page.
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