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Should multicultural literature be included in the high school curriculum?
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Multicultural literature is not needed in school curriculum

The traditional school curriculum has been satisfactory thus far.
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The Argument

In many language arts/literature classes, classics such as “Jane Eyre,” “The Odyssey,” and “Macbeth” are taught and discussed. A range of formats of literature are usually taught (poems, plays, short stories, etc) that provide students with a sufficient variety of literature and prose. If students are curious about different types of literature, they can explore it on their own or take unique courses at college. The standard school curriculum provides students the foreground of writing and literature so that they could then individually explore different avenues post-graduation if they wish.

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If students don’t know the different avenues of literature then they won’t know the options in the first place.


[P1] The objective of a standard high school curriculum is to provide the basics of reading and writing. [P2] Therefore, it is not the curriculum’s duty to otherwise supply students with a worldview of literature.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] It is the responsibility of the curriculum to give students an overview of the landscape of literature.


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