Uncomfortable Teaching

You know what’s uncomfortable?

Teaching about the Spanish Civil War.

Students shift uncomfortably in their seats, thinking I’m trying to make a political statement. I swear I’m not. The material is the same as always because there hasn’t been any new information about a war that started in 1936.

On the positive side, I’ve never had students pay such intense attention to this subject.

4 thoughts on “Uncomfortable Teaching”

  1. Do you use a textbook in this area or have you created your own lessons? I’ve always been curious about this time in Spain but never found a book I could stand reading…..

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    1. It’s all my own material. We will be reading Javier Cercas’s novel Soldiers of Salamis but the textbook we have (that I never chose) is crappy and I avoid it.

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    2. So you don’t like any of the novels / memoirs / whatever in English (there are famous ones by Hemingway and Orwell) or any of the histories or any of the novels in Spanish (several have been translated to English) about it? There’s also quite a lot of film. And there’s always the OUP Very Short Introduction.

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  2. Perfect topic title for my ‘finally a glimmer of sanity’ news of the morning:

    The Trump administration yesterday issued a cancel order on any US federal government “training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”

    Predictably, this is being spun by the big media/social media liars as an order ending racial sensitivity or racial diversity training.

    Click to access M-20-34.pdf

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