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Bellringers is hosting the un-April Fools’ Education Buzz Carnival.

Michael Mazenko urges teachers to fear ‘No Fear Shakespeare‘ study guides.

Some fans are outraged that a black girl was cast to play a Hunger Games character they assumed was white. Philip at Writing to Comprehend discusses why readers might miss the race of a character described as having  “dark brown skin.”


  1. The article recognizes two distinct issues – our using our own backgrounds, social expectations, understanding of history, and the like as a prism through which we interpret literature, and reacting to somebody else’s vision of a character as somehow ruining the work even though the text of the work in fact supports the other person’s interpretation.

    If you’re surprised that a make-believe dark-skinned character doesn’t turn out to look like you imagined, because you glossed over the author’s description of her skin, or that an African American actor is cast as a Norse god (even though you know we’re talking about a fanstasy, superhero movie and make-believe characters), it’s understandable for reasons Philip suggests. If it ruins the movie for you, though, you have a problem.