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Turn the page on intolerance

Literature can provide a perfect opportunity to introduce students to other cultures. But world literature is not specified as part of the GCSE curriculum. Erin Miller gives some tips on making sure your students’ reading list isn’t too monocultural

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You don’t have to spend long on social media (I usually give it three or four minutes, and try not to follow the perpetrators) before you find yourself faced with abject, loud, shameless hate and intolerance. And it is very likely that these voices speak louder than some of the more thoughtful and balanced messages that students hear from their teachers.

This got me thinking: at a time when it is more vital than ever to teach acceptance, the national curriculum for English teaching is not doing enough to promote cultural and religious diversity in its text requirements. So what should we do ...

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