Update 8/25/2004: Welcome Joanne Jacob readers. In a way, I'm sorry this is the first post you'll read on this site. It is far more tart than my norm. See the follow-up in AWW, Part 2 for more perspective. Look around, or visit ShearonforSchools.com for more on my ideas about improving public schools.
hipteacher posts about getting ready for her first year as a teacher this year, including a class of 11th grade World Literature:
I am using my mini-vacation before school to read up on "world" literature. My new textbooks won't arrive until about 5 weeks after school starts and I'm not familiar with much of the material. The world is awfully big, and I haven't been exposed to near enough of it. My big sister lent me a copy of her Norton World Lit anthology that she used in college which was published in 1985. There is only about two selections in the entire book that I don't consider white and western, and therefore, not really what I want my class to be about.
Bad news: she came out of college and ed school unprepared.
Good news: she knows it, and she's doing something about it.
Bad news: she's thinks teaching the works of white westerners is a bad thing.
Bad news: she apparently has no clue of the ramifications of this statement.
On balance: bad news.