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    A Culture of Canonicity

    By Robbin Zirkle

    Reflection

    The Grapes of Wrath . The inspiration for this entire project, written by John Steinbeck,

    was the bane of my existence for several weeks during my senior year of high school. I was

    fortunate enough to be enrolled in a progressive school district which permitted frequently-

    banned books, with lots of texts to go around. Somehow, I still ended up having to read this

    particular story about a family chasing the American Dream, and eventually chasing survival. It

    addresses the haves and have-nots in the United States, and characterizes the reality of moving

    out West toward prosperity. I understand that the message is important, that students have,

    for years, read the same pages, yet I recall thinking isnt there a better way to learn this?

    There are at least five books about the same topic.

    Those thoughts were put on my mental backburner until my freshman year of college,

    during which Dr. Carse taught us about the so-called literary canon, the list of books that

    everyone read in high school along with others that well-learned people ought to read. I

    found myself infuriated The Grapes of Wrath wasnt simply something my senior English

    teacher forced on me, it is an institutionalized classic that droves of students in high school and

    college are required to read. I wanted to know why this book, above thousands of others, is

    revered, and who exactly decided that I had to read it. That annoyance lay dormant until this

    semester, when I was given the freedom to pick anything I wanted to write about. Given that

    this is an unturned stone, one of the few left in fact, I sought out to research canonicity and its

    relationship to American education.

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    My first struggle in completing this project has been focus. My research questions are

    many and varied: how is the canon defined? What is the debate over the literary canon all

    about? How do English Studies programs utilize and influence the literary canon? Should it be

    changed? and all in all, what makes a book great, and who makes that decision anyway? This is

    my final list of research questions which guided the construction of this paper. Unfortunately,

    many had to be left out for the sake of focus; I could have written pages upon pages about the

    influence of social and cultural changes and how they influence the canon, or about the

    disparity between what we ought to know and what we actually know, but I do not feel

    equipped to address them in the confines of a twenty-page term paper. For now, these

    research queries are those that I am currently equipped to try to answer.

    After focusing on a few questions, the next struggle in my process was simply sifting

    through the tremendous quantity of writing addressing the topic of canonicity. For many

    yearsin fact, up until the mid-twentieth centurythe canon was unquestioned. There were

    books that you were simply expected to read, and anyone who was anyone read them. That

    assumption all changed with the advent of post-modernism, when the idea of a canon was

    thrown out the window because really, who are we to determine what worthwhile literature is?

    Thus, a great amount of writing was completed regarding the canon and the necessity of its

    dissolution during the 1980s both in the United States and England. I had to choose between

    various discussions for the sake of time and my reading levelsome work that I encountered

    was so dense that I had difficulty comprehending it. This is the first time I have encountered

    that problem since my required philosophy course earlier at IUP.

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    The last issue in this project for me was frustration. The wishy-washy contemporary

    discussions of revising rather than dissolving the canon frustrated me with their inability to

    commit to anything. Such arguments are frequently allusive and examine the relevance of texts

    that should be added, rather than texts that might be dropped. There is rarely a discussion of

    relevance in such work, focusing instead upon representation of diverse individuals as if to be

    born in one country rather than another makes you essentially different from someone born

    elsewhere. My frustration in this regard has little to do with representationa diverse body of

    writers makes sense, but rather because including appropriate works to educate the

    masses creates the exact same problem of the canon, excluding some authors in favor of

    others, the phenomenon that has unfortunately caused Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart to be

    dumbed-down and included on the syllabus of any class attempting to diversify rather than

    even considering alternatives, such as Zadie Smiths White Teeth.

    In an attempt to overcome this frustration, I threw myself into my work for this

    capstone project in the hope that I might find some worthwhile notion in the end. Thanks to

    my perseverance, I have been able to expand my research abilities; I have learned to utilize

    bibliographies, to manipulate Wikipedia articles to find legitimate sources, and my intellectual

    endurance has improved dramatically. I read a number of (long) books for this project and

    many articles I elected not to use, which is a huge deal for me, especially since I was working on

    it while finishing my undergraduate thesis. Quite frankly, this project was more work than any

    other that I have completed as an undergraduate at IUP, including my Honors Senior Synthesis

    Coursealthough, I suppose thats how it ought to be. Furthermore, these research skills will

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    be valuable for me in any field, especially in librarianship, where good researchers excel, and

    graduate school, where proficiency in research and reading is expected.

    While I have always possessed great time-management skills, in the rush of getting

    ready for graduation, completing my degree, applying to and visiting graduate programs,

    writing a thesis, and finishing capstone, I lost my work ethic. I got lazy, I became careless. The

    biggest step for me in the Capstone project has been fighting to find the information I needed

    and throwing out what I didnt, which once more, comes down to focus, which is what this

    semester was all about for me. Generally, Im a bit of an information hoarder, forcing scraps of

    ideas into papers where they often dont fit, or adding fluff sections to paper to make a single

    point. It is this self-contained battle that inspired me most this semester; once more, I found a

    way to kindle my fire, even when Im mentally exhausted, and even when I feel as if there is

    nothing left to write.

    The manner in which I came about re-inspiring myself is strange. Whereas I was

    frustrated doing most of my research, I became incredulous when I decided to identify

    suggested reading lists for high school students. I found two interesting sources: a suggested

    high school reading list from Prentice Hall, a major book publisher, and my own school districts

    English curriculum for high school students. That research literally stunned me and created a

    sense of purpose for this entire project, which for me, is no longer about how the canon works,

    but more about what it says regarding American education. I found a way to make this one

    topic more interesting to myself, even though Im burned out and ready to graduate. I think

    that this skill above all others will make me a success; I have found a way to engage myself in a

    topic that piqued my interest, simply because I didnt find it engaging at all.

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    Introduction

    In his poem, Fiction and the Reading Public, Philip Larkin makes a witty commentary

    regarding the nature of the relationship between literature and the masses. He lists a number

    of characteristics of novels before stating that if an author can accomplish all of it, [S/Hell] be

    truly great (23). Larkin postulates that most people believe that a truly great author should

    write literature that is suspenseful and entertaining, realistic and personal, uplifting and

    comprehensive, and which possesses a definitive, happy ending and the ability to transcend

    generations. This is a tall order for any writer, but it also indicates that there are methods

    which we use to evaluate literature that is worthwhile, or great, before we even begin

    reading.

    Larkins poem sets the stage for any discussion of canonicity, that is, the composition of

    the literary canon. The canon, a ubiquitous yet intangible list of whos-who in authors and

    texts, is just what Larkin is discussinga set of evaluated great texts. The questions that the

    idea of the canon raises include how was the canon established?, how has the canon been

    institutionalized?, what criteria is used to evaluate greatness?, and who decides what is

    great anyway? These are all questions that framed the premise of this paper, and will each

    reemerge throughout its discussion.

    When asked who an undoubtedly worthwhile author is, most people will

    instantaneously respond, Shakespeare. Indeed, most public high school students in the

    United States, or at least Pennsylvania, will have read a handful of his plays before

    matriculating. Truthfully, though, why Shakespeare? In an Address to incoming freshmen at

    The Catholic University of America, Michael Mack posed that very question: Why read

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    Shakespeare?.That we should read Shakespeare goes without saying. And that is the reason

    for this lecture. It is good, on occasion, to question those things that go without saying-and,

    thereby, to force ourselves to articulate important though unspoken truths (Mack). Thus is

    the true purpose of this discussionto attempt to articulate how we come about doing what it

    is we do in English Studies.

    Many students never question why Shakespeare is one of The Greats, possibly

    because it never occurs to them to ask. The unasked question however, is whether or not you

    can ever truly decide if a piece of writing is great? If yes, then what criteria are used, and who

    decides? If not, then how ought we to decide what to read? This question is undoubtedly

    important, because it is through this limited collection of texts, this canon, that [society

    projects] standards of aesthetic excellence as well as the intellectual constructs we call literary

    history (Lautner 95).

    While the question of the canon may not have plagued many students, it emerged

    definitively in the academic community 1980s, resulting in many critical discussions of classic

    texts used in education in particular. It is during this time that the debate regarding whether or

    not to expand or revise the canon emerged, as well as the question of whether or not it should

    exist at all. Therefore, the debate about the canon seems to come to a head between

    Traditionalists and Postmodernists.

    Such is the purpose of this paper: to chart the history of the literary canon in England

    and the United States, and to characterize the debate regarding what to do about the canon:

    the cases for and against it. After that, the true issue in my minda crisis in educationwill

    present itself for discussion, along with a pseudo-case study of the suggested reading list of a

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    large textbook company, the curriculum of a progressive public high school, and the liberal

    arts curriculum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Finally, I will attempt to come to some

    conclusions about evaluation of texts, diversification of the canon and the relevance of

    Shakespeare before extrapolating what readers can do to effect change.

    History

    As the canon is not a tangible list sitting around on any single persons desk, its origins

    are debatable. Some will argue that it began as early as 1777 when Dr. Samuel Johnson

    published his introduction to Lives of the Poets , in which he identifies tension between the

    newly empowered private companies and the emerging common reader, who read for

    enjoyment or to gain specific information and for no other reason (Kaplan and Rose 32). Other

    pens will argue that the canon was established in 1904 when Walter Raleigh created a reading

    list for the first course in English literature, identifying certain texts as worthwhile for study

    (Kaplan and Rose 10).

    I am disinclined to agree with either of these points for origin, feeling that the canons

    true institutionalization began somewhere in between, with Johnsons argument setting the

    stage for its origins and Raleighs list reinforcing its existence. During the mid-eighteenth

    century, critics rediscovered Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton, labeling them as

    transcendent, sublime, and classic, and creating the so-called Canonical Trinity in

    English literature. This evaluation was a supreme departure from popular thought regarding

    literature; until the mid-eighteenth century, modern literature was believed to improve on the

    works of the past (Kramnick 1087). Eighteenth-century critics, instead, revered the works of

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    the Canonical Trinity and began to view such work as irrevocably lost work not possible to

    eclipse in modern times.

    How did these attitudes emerge, however? I believe that reverence for the past

    precipitated thanks to the commoditization of books and knowledge following the transfer of

    publishing power from the aristocracy to private publishing houses. This shift in publishing

    ability created a common culture which consumed common texts, jeopardizing the sanctity

    of literature. As such, tension between high and mass society took a seemingly tangible edge,

    with cultural ideas suggesting that texts belonging to each half represents those worlds. As

    such, the canon represents an attempt to [fix] literary history andthe literary canon for the

    modern age (Kramnick 1087-8) and to refine the tastes of English-speakers (Kramnick 1089).

    These movements, while undoubtedly present in the United States, are most carefully

    recorded in the realm of British history. The emergence of the canon in American education

    most decidedly occurred during the mid-twentieth century. It has been said that [lack of

    shared common culture] was experienced most acutely in the aftermath of the war, that stern

    test of a nations self-definition and purpose. Educators responded to this crisis, after both

    world wars, by setting up programs in general education, or great books as they were more

    popularly called (Kaplan and Rose 54). Thus, classics in the canon emerged in the United

    States as they had in England.

    Canonization and the Modern Era

    While an understanding of the establishment of the literary canon is important,

    especially in regard to education, so too is its process and relevance to contemporary readers.

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    As to relevance, the canon limits and delineates many readers understanding of literature.

    Furthermore, it is institutionalized through education, patronage, and journalism (Kaplan and

    Rose 98). That is, books that are supported by the masses may be read by the masses. In the

    traditional sense, these books are the so-called Classicsthat is, Spenser, Shakespeare,

    Milton, and some of their colleagues. The process required for new or newly discovered work

    to enter into the canon is more difficult; whereas the Canonical Trinity are given due attention

    in education, journals, and book sales, non-Classics do not.

    In The Canon and the Common Reader, Carey Kaplan and Ellen Cronan Rose explain the

    process by which a text may be canonized, identifying two primary requirements: commercial

    success, and introduction into academia. Commercial success is particularly interesting,

    because, as Kaplan and Rose point out, it is not dependent upon readership, but rather

    coverage in publications such as the New York Times Book Review , which distinguishes

    between ephemeral popular novels and those to be taken seriously (69). Publications such as

    this and the seven other gatekeeper journals New York Review of Books, New Republic, New

    Yorker, Commentary, Saturday Review, Partisan Review, and Harpers enable the Cultural

    Elite to learn about such texts through professional reviews. How do texts gain access to such

    periodicals? Quite simply, through advertising; with dozens of new books printed each week,

    critics are inclined to reach for those that they have heard about, placing a great deal of power

    in large publishing houses with extensive financial resources.

    Kaplan and Rose go on to note that, if a novel was certified in the court of the

    prestigious journals [gatekeepers], it was likely to draw the attention of academic critics in

    more specialized and academic journalsand by this route make its way into college curricula

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    (Kaplan and Rose 71) through PhD work, papers at conferences, and the syllabi used in high

    school and college classrooms. Kaplan and Rose point out, however, that there is a particular

    obstacle to the presentation of papers and panels discussing new texts within one prestigious

    organization: the Modern Language Associations (MLA). One of the largest resources for

    professionals in English Studies, the MLA is, in itself, a gatekeeper for many texts. For many

    years, non-canonical texts were shut out of the annual convention, until the election of Louis

    Kampf as the vice-president of MLA in 1968, which opened the door for greater representation

    of marginalized interests (Kaplan and Rose 75).

    The acknowledgement of marginalized interests does bring up one of the primary items

    fueling the current debate regarding the canon. It is significant to note at this point, that there

    are limitations in education in many ways thanks to accessibilitythat is, the availability of

    copies, the discovery of works, the option for paperback publication and antholigization, as well

    as format (novel, film, performing art, etc). It is important to note at this point that in an

    English-speaking nation such as Great Britain or the United States, culture inhibited the ability

    of people of color and women to publish through the beginning of the twentieth century.

    Furthermore, current social constraints, such as controversy regarding lesbian, gay,

    transgendered and bisexual individuals, may have a similar impact on such groups abilities to

    be published and recognized.

    As such, readers create a hierarchy of greatness which attributes value to a variety of

    texts, reinforcing the difference between Common and Elite culture. These hierarchies,

    however, create reputations among authors, making room for one author or genre, and none

    for another. It is important to note here that these levels of greatness are not set in stone; for

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    example, different common types of prose and poetry have, over time, been elevated and

    deflated. For many years, the novel was discounted as not serious enough for academic

    study, yet it now is the subject a great deal of literary study.

    The Great Debate

    Before embarking on a discussion of the cases for and against the canon, it seems

    imperative to explain what this debate is really about, and who is involved. First and foremost,

    any individual educated at a public school in the United States is impacted by the literary canon,

    and oddly enough, most of these people have little to no say in that which comprises it.

    Furthermore, there is great dissent among academics; some scholars move to open the canon

    to new writers of diverse backgrounds, whereas others maintain that you cannot possibly know

    what is great during the modern era.

    While this debate may seem of little consequence, I would like to point out that F. R.

    Leavis stated in his 1969 book, The Great Tradition , I pronounce Milton negligible, dismiss the

    Romantics, and hold that, since Donne, there is no poet we need bother about except Hopkins

    and Eliot.except Jane Austen, George Eliot, James and Conrad, there are no novelists in

    English worth reading (Leavis 1). That is, no other authors are relevant except insofar as they

    influenced these four novelists. Knowing of their existence, Leavis discounts Dickens and the

    Bronts, among other authors that many readers know and love, yet Leavis is hardly a radical,

    antiquated curmudgeon: as of April 23, 2012, more than one thousand books and articles cited

    his work. Leavis thought, as well as postmodernist attitudes of inclusion, are all influencing the

    curriculum used both in high schools and universities in the United States.

    The Cases For and Against the Canon

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    Most modern critiques of the canon center on its lack of diversity; it is primarily

    comprised of texts written by dead, white, English-speaking, middle- to upper-class men. It is

    often expressed that canonizing these authors in place of others represents a time warp

    (Kaplan and Rose 5), and that exclusion of alternative points of view represents an attempt to

    control the human experience. Kaplan and Rose point out that the assumption that common

    readers will flounder in unrestrained diversity unless directed by an omniscient professoriat is

    both insultingly paternalistic and willfully blind to the diverse needs of common readers

    (Kaplan and Rose 46). To put it simply, limiting the field of eligible works to dead white English-

    speaking middle- to upper-class men also limits readers potential for learning and for

    experiencing literature outside of the perspective of one subculture.

    Educators are eager to argue this point, stating after all that the canon has expanded,

    now including the work of authors who represent varying perspectives, such as Chinua Achebe.

    While the inclusion of this mans work is significant Things Fall Apart is a 1958 novel written

    from a Nigerian perspectiveit is often the only non-American, non-White text on the reading

    list. I feel, regrettably, that Things Fall Apart is a text added to reading lists to make them seem

    more varied, but that unfortunately leave behind great books, such as Zadie Smiths White

    Teeth , which I would love to see in more classes.

    The aforementioned issue of only presenting one text by one non-Canonical author also

    presents another issue in that it forces authors to become singularly representative of their

    race, gender, orientation, or other subgroup. It is the same phenomenon that occurs

    frequently in womens literature classrooms when students and professors alike call on the

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    single man in the room to represent the entire male gender. This action pigeonholes members

    of a group, making them completely representative a group to which they belong.

    If we accept that the literary canon is reflected in both education and curriculum, then

    the question is what is gained by the institutionalization of the canon? After consideration, it

    seems that the single best answer to this question is that the canon establishes continuity. Not

    simply continuity in education, ensuring that Americans have read common texts, but rather

    continuity that enables readers to understand how authors fit into the framework of those who

    have come before them. Furthermore, in the spirit of eighteenth-century critics, the literary

    canon does ensure that really superb authors who are dead, white, English-speaking, middle- to

    upper-class men are not left on dusty shelves in the recesses of great libraries, for how are we

    to learn if we never look back?

    While dissenters often claim that the canon is insular (and to some degree, they are

    right), one ought to recall that the process of canon formation has never really been a process

    of exclusion no historical or social act responds well to exclusion. Historical pressures

    governing the process of canonization have always been biased toward the widest possible

    strategies of inclusion (Guillory 44), and for much of the last several hundred years, readers

    have been primarily white, English-speaking, middle- to upper-class men.

    The True Dilemma

    After considering the history of the canon as well as the debate regarding opening it,

    closing it, or throwing it out the window, it seems to me that the real dilemma regarding

    literature falls upon education as a whole, and that there is, indeed, a crisis afoot. My

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    hypothesis when beginning this project was that diverse programs of study are not as diverse

    as they would have us believeand goodness, I was more right than I could ever have

    imagined.

    I selected two items for my pseudo-case study of texts that are utilized in high schools

    and colleges: a reading list published by Pearson (a major textbook publisher) for grades nine

    through twelve and the curriculum in English classes at the high school level in my hometowns

    State College Area School District. Pearson publishes, on its website, a list of texts for

    suggested reading for grades nine through twelve. Of these one hundred authors, 86% are

    white, 77% are male, and not one was published after 1996. It excludes authors such as Alice

    Walker and Toni Morrison, but includes four texts by John Steinbeck.

    The State College Area School District, situated in central Pennsylvania, has the good

    fortune to be situated near a large university, meaning that it receives a great deal of funding

    from taxes and is set in the midst of a diverse population. I graduated from the State College

    Area High School in 2008 feeling reasonably enriched and blessed to have attended such a

    diverse school. Much to my horror when looking at its reading list in 2012, I found that while

    it added works such as Persepolis and Things Fall Apart , the English program abandoned The

    Color Purple . Furthermore, very few frequently-banned books were included, with no Native

    American authors, one Asian author, one Middle Eastern author and five black authors out of a

    total of forty-five texts. [For visuals of all of these statistics, please view the attached Appendix]

    Just after I finished reviewing these two sources, I was able to meet with Dr. John

    Marsden, my professor, regarding my project, and he pointed out that English Studies

    programs, such as that which I am completing at IUP, allow students majoring in English to

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    complete the program having read somewhat-diverse texts such as Things Fall Apart , but

    having studied absolutely no Shakespeare. I pointed out that with limited timefour years in

    college, four years in high schoolwe cant possibly read everything. But why is Shakespeare

    left in the dust?

    Shakespeare is also left in the dust in public schools, which seems hard to believe, given that

    many students are required to read his work. That said, an assessment tool used in some states

    called Accelerated Reader gives point and reading levels to books by using a readability

    formula that measures texts for difficulty of words, length and other features, in which, the

    highest-scoring Shakespeare play, Hamlet , is given half the value of the lowest-scoring Tom

    Clancy novel (Strauss).

    It seem that the true dilemma, leaving Shakespeare in the dust and rendering Chinua

    Achebe somewhat obsolete, is a misguided idea of what creates a well-rounded student.

    High school students are forced to perform well on standardized assessments, emphasizing

    correctness rather than thought and opinion. Likewise, Liberal Arts curricula in universities

    suggest that classes such as The Dynamic Earth are essential to being well-rounded, even if a

    student gains little from the course. Mack asserts that A liberal arts education is designed to

    help you clear your mind of prejudices, biases, and habitual errors so that you plow, plant and

    produce a rich harvest. But how does eliminating experience and replacing it with The

    Dynamic Earth enable students to read Shakespeare? It seems that expanding human

    knowledge has created a competition for time, not just with English students, but with students

    in all disciplines.

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    Next, in regard to public schools in particular, is the issue of teachers. Unfortunately for

    many educators, it is impossible to find a teaching position and to attain scholarly distinction

    on the basis of broad appreciative study of literature (Welles and Hill 465). Furthermore, in

    attempts to quantify and measure their discipline, English educators are attempting to

    scientize English Studies, making it dull. While many students find writers such as

    Shakespeare boring and difficult for this reason, Welles and Hill point out that Shakespeare

    was written for the common man, for the groundlings, for the unscholarly Globe patrons who

    walked in from the cockfight on the street (Welles and Hill 467), so there is no reason for this

    to be the case.

    The fact of the matter is that literature and the canon is one way that American society

    dispenses cultural capital and perspectives about life to students. Unless students are to read

    everything, it seems that some sort of evaluation of what is really important to read and know

    must happen. But who is responsible for this step, and how should it be taken?

    Conclusion

    What do all of these ideas, this crisis, and this debate come down to? There is a

    legitimate case petitioning the way English education works to change. There is something to

    be said for the canonfor the Shakespeares and the Achebes. If, however, there is not room to

    continually add texts to that list because of time constraints, then the real question is what is

    taking up time at all? Perhaps it is time, as stated in Primary Canon, to challenge long-

    established notions of what counts as 'good quality' in relation to textsand to ensure that

    the curriculum of the twenty-first century reflects the variety and breadth of reading material

    encountered by [people] in their daily lives (Marsh 259), because ultimately, the purpose of

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    English Journal 27.6 (1938): 464-468. JSTOR. Web. 11 Apr. 2012. .

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    86%

    9%

    1% 1%3%

    PearsonWhite Black Asian Amerindian Hispanic

    85%

    11%

    2% 2%

    SCASD

    White Black Asian Middle Eastern

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    77%

    23%

    Pearson

    Men Women

    78%

    22%

    SCASD

    Men Women

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    30%

    70%

    Pearson

    Pre-1900 1900s

    40%

    53%

    7%

    SCASD

    Pre-1900 1900s 2000-Present