By first addressing the lack of diversity–including gender and racial–in school texts that consistently focuses on “male and pale” as the established norm, Maya Goodfellow makes the case for a more complete, inclusive curriculum that better reflects the breadth and depth of history and humanity.
By Maya Goodfellow at Media Diversified:
Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm and Great Expectations. What do these books have in common? They were all written by white men and they’re all set texts on GCSE exam syllabuses. From politics to the media, white men dominate so much in society – school curriculums are no exception. Since September 2015, women penned just 31% of texts across all GCSE and A Level reading lists, while writers of colour are responsible for just 5% of texts in some modules. A new campaign set up by a school in East London is asking the government to right this wrong.
But it’s not just English that’s skewed towards concentrating on the male and pale; the history curriculum is guilty of this too. It “marginalises” Black History, either pushing it to the sidelines or skating over it altogether.
This story was originally published on March 16th, 2016.