By Denice Medina and Melany Calderon
English teacher Mackenzie Bedford described Multicultural Literature as an open, discussion-based class where students can learn about culture, prejudice, racism, and tolerance. Students will use textbooks and receive credit for the A-G requirement, but the course will go more into depth about identity and explore different cultures.
Multicultural Literature gained many San Marin students’ attention because of its academic space for questions to be answered.
“This course is being created to help address equity issues in our school and provide students an opportunity to specifically explore issues related to race and gender and identity in literature, non-fiction texts, and writing,” Bedford said. “We are creating it by looking at examples of how other schools are doing this and building off of their ideas while adding our own thoughts and ideas.”
Due to the current equity issues, students have been interested in seeing new perspectives that were not included in the old curriculum.