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Subject: Re: censorshipFrom: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 14:20:54 EST
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Margaret's comments reminded me that when I taught h.s. English, the librarians
intentionally created a display every year during Banned Books Month (September,
I believe?) that was entitled "Read a Banned Book!" I always found it amusing
that they subverted censors' intentions by using such a status as a motivation
Margaret Hagemeister wrote:
> 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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