Please welcome the fourth issue of the journal “In Your Own Words”!
The issue includes works about school education in different countries in different eras. The issue consists of 5 articles, 2 translations, 2 reviews, and 2 interviews.
The first section demonstrates the different facets of the school canon. Here you will find the article on the role of the classics in children's reading and the study of animal stories in educational books from the early 20th century. There is also the translation of the article about the patriarchal nature of the Spanish school canon, where poetesses were ignored. In the same section, we included the review of the book by Nikolai Uskov “Ardis. The American Dream of Russian Literature". This publishing house indirectly influenced the literary canon within the Soviet Union and abroad.
The second section suggests reflecting on the role of the canon, addressing some topics that are inconvenient, even marginal for school education. One article is devoted to the role of the teacher in the formation of historical memory, and the translation is reflecting on how characters with complex identities from the classic texts of the American school program can be discussed in the classroom.
The third section shows that the canon is not always turned to the past. Addressing it, teachers also construct the future. Here the works are articulated on various research areas. In the interview, we learned about the innovative practices of school education from Fyodor Bazhanov, methodologist of the project “Teacher for Russia". The article talks about the changing role of foreign languages in European school education. In the review, the author introduces the book by Lucy Krehan about successful pedagogical systems in different countries.
Finally, the fourth section confirms that the canon transforms, following the increasingly complex media environment. In the article, the author explores the reception of the school literary canon in Internet memes. In the interview with a teacher, keeping a blog, we talked about whether these different social functions — teaching and blogging — can be combined.