So I am taking two graduate course right now. The one has to deal with using technology, social media in education and the other is on children’s literature theory. Last night I gave a presentation on a the children’s book “Sitting Bull Remembers” By Ann Turner.
After reading this book I had to apply post colonial theory to it. I realized how oppressing the book could be for Indigenous children, even though it is written with the perspective of an Indigenous person. In “Sitting Bull Remembers” they show Sitting Bull, a famous Indigenous warrior, imprisoned remembering his life before and after first contact. It discusses the Sioux peoples view on colonization. Although there are many messages and illustrations that show European dominance.
After this assignment it really got me thinking. How many times have a read a book to my class and not critically viewed it? Did I really know what hidden curriculum was being taught though this literature? Don’t get me wrong. I have not read obviously racist books to my students but, some books are much more subtle. I was inspired to blog about this because I wondered how many other teachers have never thought about the hidden curriculum. Please let me know if you have ever given this some thought.