Teaching Non-Western Literature to High School Students
About the Book:
As a high school teacher, Carroll believed that the curriculum her students were exposed to perpetuated "the fiction that the only literature worthy of study is American and British" (p. 2). To correct this imbalance, Carroll developed a unit in African and Chinese literature for high school seniors, and emphasized the "teaching of skills which would enable students to impartially evaluate foreign customs and values and to equally impartially examine their own customs and values" (p. 76). Carroll concluded her thesis by imagining more teachers developing units similar to hers, which "could serve the purpose of reminding students that other parts of the world exist and could generate many comparisons among cultures and literatures" (p. 81).