"Many of my colleagues teach a canon that some white people decided upon so long ago"
Dana Dusbiber teaches at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. It's a mostly Asian-Hispanic school. But it does seem to have really terrible results when it comes to English language proficiency.
"I am a high school English teacher. I am not supposed to dislike Shakespeare."
Of course you're supposed to dislike him. You're a product of a corrupt useless educracy that chooses to teach left-wing politics instead of basic literacy.
"And not only do I dislike Shakespeare because of my own personal disinterest in reading stories written in an early form of the English language that I cannot always easily navigate, but also because there is a WORLD of really exciting literature out there that better speaks to the needs of my very ethnically-diverse and wonderfully curious modern-day students."
"Like OMG you guys, we're so ethnically diverse and Shakespeare is like SOME DEAD BRITISH GUY."
This is being written by an adult for the Washington Post. It's not a Facebook comment. But the only thing missing there is an OMG.
Dana Dusbiber turns her sentence into a mangled mess that any actual English teacher would tear apart. And she throws in an all-caps WORLD because she has no concept of professional writing.
And neither will her students.
She admits to being unable to read Shakespeare, demonstrates her terrible writing skills and papers her incompetence over by invoking diversity.
Dana Dusbiber is everything that is wrong with the educational system.
Do you know what's hard to navigate?
This sentence. "And not only do I dislike Shakespeare because of my own personal disinterest in reading stories written in an early form of the English language that I cannot always easily navigate."
Maybe in between all the lectures on diversity, some of the overpaid educrats who taught her all about diversity might have taught her how to write.
"I do not believe that a long-dead, British guy is the only writer who can teach my students about the human condition," Dana Dusbiber whines.
"I am sad that so many of my colleagues teach a canon that some white people decided upon so long ago and do it without question. I am sad that we don’t believe enough in ourselves as professionals to challenge the way that it has “always been done.”
Clearly Dana Dusbiber believes in herself. She believes in herself despite her basic deficiencies as a teacher, a literate adult and a human being.
The only thing anyone really taught her was to believe in herself and to cloak her opinionated idiocy in racist twaddle about diversity despite the fact that she is white.
The Western canon wasn't produced through a lack of debate. It's a lack of debate that has filled classrooms with overpaid illiterates like Dana Dusbiber who have been taught nothing except diversity.
"I was an English major. I am a voracious reader. I have enjoyed reading some of the classics."
Yes, Dana Dusbiber really enjoyed The Cat in the Hat once someone helped her sound out all the big words.
"And while I appreciate that many people enjoy re-reading texts that they have read multiple times, I enjoy reading a wide range of literature written by a wide range of ethnically-diverse writers who tell stories about the human experience as it is experienced today."
It occasionally occurs to Dana Dusbiber that someone (probably an old dead white guy) might want to reread a book for some reason.
But as a 'voracious reader' this English major doesn't get bogged down with rereading books that she ALREADY READ. Instead she enjoys reading a wide range of ethnically diverse
novels blog posts.
"Shakespeare lived in a pretty small world. It might now be appropriate for us to acknowledge him as chronicler of life as he saw it 450 years ago and leave it at that."
This woman is being paid to teach students. She thinks Shakespeare was "chronicling" life 450 years ago.
I would ask her which part of life 450 years ago is chronicled by A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it's safe to say that Dana Dusbiber has never heard of it and probably thinks it's a perfume.
But Shakespeare did cover the human condition when it comes to Dana Dusbiber. "A tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing."
"What I worry about is that as long as we continue to cling to ONE (white) MAN’S view of life as he lived it so long ago, we (perhaps unwittingly) promote the notion that other cultural perspectives are less important."
What I worry is that students are being taught by functional illiterates.
What I worry is that they won't be able to produce a professional resume because Dana Dusbiber was their teacher.
What I worry is that Dana Dusbiber is so obsessed with dumping her internalized racism on them that she isn't preparing them to succeed.
"In the 25 years that I have been a secondary teacher, I have heard countless times, from respected teachers (mostly white), that they will ALWAYS teach Shakespeare, because our students need Shakespeare and his teachings on the human condition."
Can we have some kind of exam where prospective teachers are required to write a sentence with proper capitalization?
"So I ask, why not teach the oral tradition out of Africa, which includes an equally relevant commentary on human behavior?"
Is there an oral tradition in Africa of incompetent union hacks writing over-capitalized screeds about authors they haven't read?
"Why do our students not deserve to study these “other” literatures with equal time and value? And if time is the issue in our classrooms, perhaps we no longer have the time to study the Western canon that so many of us know and hold dear."
I suspect that Dana Dusbiber spends most of her classroom time complaining to her students about the principal, her ex-husband, the cop who gave her a speeding ticket, Bush and how hard it is to tell time on analog clocks.
"Here then, is my argument: If we only teach students of color, as I have been fortunate to do my entire career, then it is far past the time for us to dispense with our Eurocentric presentation of the literary world. Conversely, if we only teach white students, it is our imperative duty to open them up to a world of diversity through literature that they may never encounter anywhere else in their lives."
That's her argument. She's incapable of seeing the double standard in it because she's an idiot.
"Let’s let Shakespeare rest in peace, and start a new discussion about middle and high school right-of-passage reading and literature study."
It's time for a serious discussion about the 'right-of-passage'. It is vitally important that we educate students on the right of ships to pass through foreign navigable channels.
Also it's time for a serious discussion about dumping the educracy and focusing on producing teachers with basic skills and classroom experience while firing all the illiterate social justice warriors with an MA and a ridiculous salary.
And Dana Dusbiber needs to go back to school and actually study the subject she is being paid to teach to students.