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Humane Education Represents What We Possess in Common

There is a pernicious idea afoot in educational and literary circles that will further fracture what is already a (terminally?) maimed commonwealth. I refer to the idea of “representation” in curricula. “Representation” sounds innocuous enough—it’s a fine word, after all—until one realizes it means jettisoning a view of education that assumes as a first principle our commonality or shared human nature in favor of group-based identitarian politics intended to foreground our differences from one another. Everyone must see his or her group “represented” in assigned readings or, well, it isn’t fair. The impulse is not unrelated to the “#DisruptTexts” movement,

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