Removal of Death of a Salesman from school curriculum

Removal of Death of a Salesman from school curriculum

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Nora McNabb started this petition to Loyola Academy English Department

Death of a Salesman is a required book for the sophomore English classes which fosters inappropriate and triggering conversations of suicide, depression, and other mental illnesses. These conversations are inappropriate as the book paints Willy’s death as his own fault and that he is selfish, and the teachers perpetuate it by not managing the conversation to say that suicide is always the final symptom of untreated or under treated mental illnesses like depression. These conversations are also triggering as some teachers give trigger warning before reading the book, while others don’t. Given the sensitive subject, teachers don’t and can’t know if a student in that class has attempted suicide or was another way touched by it. This can lead students, with or without being touched by suicide, to have suicidal thoughts and ideations. 

Not only is this book impacting students mental health, this book is also negatively impacting student grades. If a student has been touched by suicide, they will often stop doing homework, reading or annotating the book, and detach from class conversations which will ultimately lower their final grade and will be sent to colleges. The long and short term affects of reading this book far outweigh the “good” of reading classic plays of american literature, and therefore should be removed from the list of required books among sophomore classes. 

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