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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: censorship

From: Cheryl A. Schober (schober@platteville.k12.wi.us)
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 10:11:31 EST

Isn't it amazing what some people consider to be a sound reason to censor
a book? I have found through my nine years of teaching that I have gone
from being completely open minded to now being open minded but very
cautious. I think those of us who go into education know what is out
there in the world, want to help our students explore while providing
guidance, but there are those who want to shelter their children from the
harsh realities of life. Like my 9th graders always mention when we have
talked about why I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is often
banned, they can't believe it since worse things are said and seen on TV
every single day. There will always be opposing viewpoints on all aspects
of life, I suppose. . .

Has anyone else had to deal with book controversies within your own


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