Group Claims NYCPS Reading List Lacks Diversity

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

Ironically, a city that prides itself on its diversity may not offer its public students a very diverse reading list. “The city schools’ reading lists contain a strong bias against authors and characters of color, a new report charges,” Ben Chapman reports in The New York Daily News. “Roughly 90% of stories and books commonly used in public schools were written by white authors, with black, Hispanic and Asian writers accounting for just about 10% of authorship, according to a new report from the non-profit Coalition for Educational Justice.”

They may have a point. After all, wouldn’t it make sense to incorporate the Harlem Renaissance in a New York City public school?