Professor Gillian McNamee was quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times about the power of literature to create discussion, healing, and strong interest in learning.

Last week, the Chicago Public Schools removed Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis from its seventh-grade curriculum given concerns about its appropriateness.

In Neil Steinberg’s Sun-Times column, McNamee notes that the biggest threat to education is students who aren’t engaged by what they are reading.

Reading powerful books that prompt discussion and reflection about situations the students might be facing can help them process their experiences and engage them in learning, says McNamee.

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