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Thomas expresses his concern with the rise of perfectionism in modern day culture where individualism and social media combine to form the narrative “people expect others to be perfect, and the better they perform, the more that is expected of them” This is also due to the importance placed on SATs and generalised exams.
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Jaqueline retells how she is a slow reader and how this clashed with the academic interests of her teachers at school who wanted her to read faster.
Liz discusses the importance of introducing “difficult” topics such as pandemics, racism etc into the classroom.
When more and more people began to learn even under the threat of death, literature became so important to African Americans and Jaqueline herself (growing up in the 70s) realised that stories which represented people like her needed to be written.
She also argues that this is not politicisation of the curriculum as what is taught at schools, what textbooks are used and how much teachers are paid is already government reliant.
Richard is certain that afterthe global pandemic schools will never be the same.
For parents and teachers, Thomas emphasises the importance of taking the focus away from results and focussing instead on the learning process. What did they gain, how did they feel about it, what did they enjoy instead of comparing their progress with the progress of others.
She argues that this stems from her African American history, when so many black Americans where prohibited from learning to read or write.
Being held back a grade in middle school will hugely impact the future career of a person and so this pressure can mean many students are put at risk of developing depression/anxiety/EDs as a result of high stress levels.
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