“Fight Club” Nixed from AP English in Texas After Parental Complaints

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Complaints by citizens about several works being taught in AP English classes in Seven Lakes High School in Katy, TX caused those books to be removed or replaced. Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk, A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley and Ernest Hemingway’s short story "Hills Like White Elephants" were among the objectionable titles. A Thousand Acres was a summer reading selection which originally incited objections. Fight Club was set to be read by students imminently but was replaced by V for Vendetta.

NCAC and partner organizations wrote a letter to the district speaking to the value of the works and the professional opinions of the educators’ who chose them. In the letter and in other correspondence with school officials, we emphasized the importance of discussing policies and procedures while not limiting students’ access to otherwise worthy works of literature.

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