Students helped shape the new curriculum by speaking out at the early meetings. Their role now is to help teachers evaluate the success of the curriculum as it is taught. Although some students complained that the controversy seemed overblown in the first place ("We don't get enough credit for understanding things-we could have read it without all of this"), many seemed to appreciate the richer context of the new curriculum. "This stuff [racism] is all over the news. We can't avoid it. . . . We already learn it outside of school, why not study it in school and get the real facts?" observed one student who had just finished reading Huck Finn with the new curriculum. Another student commented, "I think the impact of this book is in the discomfort the readers feel. . . . Huck Finn is perfect to read if it's taught correctly."
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