Friday, October 26, 2007
New Comic Accentuates Diversity/Multicultural Teamwork
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The Testify Project
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
He says he remembered reading the book in a graphic novel class taken at UConn. As someone who teaches both "graphic novels as literature" and "graphic novels as Young Adult literature" courses, my guess is that he took a course more similar to the former than the latter.
I can't help but think what graphic novels might be in his class if he had been able to take a pedagogically-centered graphic novel course in college, though. If he'd been a student in my class, he probably wouldn't have read Eightball, but he would have read Will Eisner's A Contract With God and Brian K. Vaughn's Pride of Baghdad. He would have learned not to shy away from challenging material and how to protect himself and his students' intellectual freedoms as well.
Perhaps teacher educators need to give the graphic novel more attention in their methods and YA lit classes. I know of many college-level graphic novel classes, but I know of no graphic novel-themed education classes besides the one I taught last summer and may teach again this summer. I wonder if Mr. Fisher would have taken such a class, and if he had, if he would have still included the Clowes book in his classroom...
At any rate, here's hoping that Mr. Fisher is able to find employment as a teacher once again and also that his experience with overzealous parents and sadly typical administrators and central office personnel hasn't turned him off of graphic novels for good.