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    Schools remove 'Huckleberry Finn' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from curriculum

    Duluth drops 'Huckleberry Finn,' 'To Kill a Mockingbird' from school curriculum - StarTribune.com

    Students in Duluth will no longer automatically get schooled in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” or the trials of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    In an effort to be considerate of all students, the two novels, which contain racial slurs, will no longer be required reading in the district’s English classes next school year. They will still be available in the schools for optional reading, however.

    “The feedback that we’ve received is that it makes many students feel uncomfortable,” said Michael Cary, director of curriculum and instruction for the district. “Conversations about race are an important topic, and we want to make sure we address those conversations in a way that works well for all of our students.”


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    WTF? I read those books. Yes, it made me "uncomfortable". But, it also queued a discussion among the students and teacher about how times were different. The evolution of thoughts, ideas, and language. There is so much more positive that can come out of those books than negative, and it's not even close. We hear people coming down on younger generations for being "snowflakes", but who is actually teaching them to be this way?

    What a shame.
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    the key word here being "optional". Don't see the problem. They aren't banning the books. They're simply accomodating students who feel uncomfortable being expose to racial slurs.

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    It's unfortunate; "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my all-time favorite books. And I first read it because it was assigned in high school.

    On the other hand, our school pulled Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield" from the required reading curriculum simply because so many of the students disliked the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    the key word here being "optional". Don't see the problem. They aren't banning the books. They're simply accomodating students who feel uncomfortable being expose to racial slurs.
    Out of 100 students given the "option" to read a classic, what amount do you think will actually read it? We just took away two classics from over 90% of the student body. That's a shame.
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    All in the name of Political Correctness.

    We have to put up with this kind of stupidness in the UK as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    It's unfortunate; "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my all-time favorite books. And I first read it because it was assigned in high school.
    Correct. You may have never read it had it not be "forced". My favorite is "For Whom the Bell Tolls". I found the book amazing, but wold have never read it had it not been mandatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    It's unfortunate; "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my all-time favorite books. And I first read it because it was assigned in high school.
    are you black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    are you black?
    Not last I checked. Have you read "To Kill a Mockingbird?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    All in the name of Political Correctness.

    We have to put up with this kind of stupidness in the UK as well.
    It's unfortunate. PC has gone too far on the pendulum swing and it's about to get the old boomerang. Unfortunately, the back lash is often as bad or worse.
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    What's missing in the article is the list of books that are still required reading
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