Academics

Creator Joel Stein On Sticking Up For The Mental Elite

The public revelation of the harm wrought by the absurdity of the sensitivity evaluation was so embarrassing to the State Education Department that the State Commissioner of Education promptly agreed to cease slicing literary classics used on the exams. The worst side of all of these tips is that strict application of them entails the exclusion of classic literature from studying textbooks. Neither the Riverside nor the Macmillan-McGraw Hill nor the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley tips require that a certain proportion of textbooks be put aside for classic literature. None requires that tales and poems by vital nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers be included, even if they don’t meet the letter of the bias guidelines.

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