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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: censorship

From: Margaret Hagemeister (hagemeis@massed.net)
Date: Tue Mar 21 2000 - 09:49:20 EST


I haven't really had any challenges to anything in my curriculum although I
often joke with my students that our junior English class might be renamed
Banned Books in America. We do many of the classic works that appear on
frequently banned book lists, such as Huck Finn, Catcher in the Rye, The
Crucible, The Scarlet Letter. I guess I have been lucky. Whenever I introduce
a piece that has something that might be "challenged" I try to alert the kids
to it so it won't come as a shock and to remind them that I am confident in
their ability to handle it maturely.

"Cheryl A. Schober" wrote:

> 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
> curriculum?
> Cheryl


 

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