By Tim Kowols
While others in her field are challenging the canons of high school literature classes on Twitter this summer, a Southern Door High School teacher has a different approach. The #disrupttexts movement began a month ago when four teachers took to Twitter with a hashtag to discuss the relevancy of some books that have been a part of high school curriculums for decades. Some of the books that have been featured in discussions include The Crucible and The Great Gatsby. Literature teacher Beth Huntley likes that the books are stimulating conversation and uses them to connect students to other more contemporary texts. She believes some of the themes in the books, no matter how old they may be, still have importance today.
Huntley says teachers consider the text’s themes, where they live and the strength of their students when choosing a book for their curriculum.