Attention dysfunctions are to child development what inflammations
are to infectious disease. We have overdiagnosed and miscategorized
attention deficit disorders. We have deified the Dsadd,
adhd. They get labeled as pathological and clumped together and
homogenized. We want a seen-one-seen-em-all, stamped-out
template for students minds. But thats denying the
existence of all kinds of minds, of divergent ways of thinking.
Mel Levine, Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Center
for the Study of Development and Learning, UNCChapel Hill,
speaking on Dealing with the Universality of Diversity Among
Learners in College and Beyond, September 11, 2001, sponsored
by the University Council on Teaching, the Office of Faculty Resources
for Inclusive Instruction, and the Center for Teaching and Curriculum
in Emory College
Do I teach Margaret Mitchells book Gone with the Wind?
Yes, I do.
I enjoy it and encourage my students to read it. Its a wonderful
story and evokes a certain era. More importantly, it has created
a myth that still resonates in our culture and informs attitudes
that we as blacks and whites have about each other. Im also
excited about being able to teach The Wind Done Gone in
relationship to Margaret Mitchells novel. I think in tandem,
the books go a long way to tell us how we as Americans still view
each other across the racial divide. And by teaching the books
together and by thinking about the issues that Alice Randall raises
germane to Gone With The Wind, I hope to inaugurate discussions
with my students about race and about sexuality and gender and
Barbara McCaskill, expert witness in the recent The Wind
Done Gone trial, associate professor of English at the University
of Georgia and Emory alumna, speaking on a panel titled Scarlett
on Trial: The Mitchell Estate vs. The Wind Done Gone, sponsored
by Woodruff Library on September 6, 2001 endy Newby, 727-6766
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