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Getting diversity right in the English classroom

What barriers exist to diversity and understanding in the English classroom and across the school and how can we break these down and support teachers? Bennie Kara offers six key principles
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In our earliest literatures, cultural transmission was a key aspect of the passing down of stories. The oral tradition functioned as a means to pass along cultural beliefs and to preserve identities, knowledge, and heritage.

To maintain community identity, shared values and beliefs, myths and stories allowed people to codify what was important to them, while also serving as entertainment and as education.

In some cases, stories allowed people in societies to communicate survival in the form of practical representations of farming, medicine, and other aspects of life. In essence, stories became a way of maintaining social cohesion, becoming a form of social glue that maintained collective memory.

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