A Regular English Teacher

In my line of work, when the conversation turns to teaching for social justice, culturally relevant teaching, or equity in education, someone inevitably interjects with talk about a regular English teacher.

Claudette Colvin's description of her English teacher's stance is informative:

"We were supposed to be in English literature class, but Miss Nesbitt used literature to teach life. She said she didn't have time to teach us like a regular English teacher--we were too far behind. Instead, she taught us the world through literature."

Italics are mine. See p. 26 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose