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“Persepolis” Under Attack at Glenwood High School; School Board to Meet Tonight (Update: Victory!)

Update: The School Board voted unanimously to keep Persepolis in the 12th grade English IV curriculum in Glenwood High School. In a letter sent to the Ball-Chatham Board of Education today, NCAC and other free-speech organizations urged the Board to reinstate Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed Persepolis to the 12th grade English IV curriculum in Glenwood High School. The Board will meet [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:52:17-05:00September 29th, 2014|Incidents|

Why ‘Persepolis’ Belongs in Public Schools

  by Noah Berlatsky The job of American schools, as enforced by the bureaucracy, isn’t really education. It’s censorship. A colleague of mine working on a world history course was told to omit the fact that gay people were targeted during the Holocaust. I was told that I could not, for sensitivity reasons, include a test passage about storms at [...]

By |2019-03-07T23:11:31-05:00May 15th, 2013|Censorship News Articles|

‘Persepolis’: Timeline of Events

Timeline  On March 14, 2013 Christopher Dignam, Principal of Lane Tech High School, sent an e-mail to his staff repeating a mandate reportedly handed down by one of Chicago public schools Network Instructional Support Leaders. That mandate required schools to remove the graphic novel Persepolis from libraries and classrooms and stop teaching the book, effective March 15. When the e-mail [...]

By |2020-01-05T23:16:03-05:00April 10th, 2013|Incidents|

“Persepolis” Banned in Chicago Public Schools

Last week, the best-selling graphic novel "Persepolis" was removed from Chicago's middle and high school reading lists. This week, a spokeswoman for the school system has claimed that the word "censorship" was inappropriate, as teachers could still assign the book so long as they were willing to sit through a class on how to teach such "sensitive material". These extra classes appear designed [...]

By |2016-01-14T12:19:03-05:00March 28th, 2013|Blog|

On Persepolis: Chicago Students “Exposed to Real Violence on a Daily Basis”

In an interview with PBS station WTTW Chicago last night, Barbara Jones, Executive Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, of the Chicago Teachers Union and two Lane Tech Seniors spoke about the removal of Persepolis from classrooms in Chicago Public Schools. You can watch the interview here, but this particular moment stood out as a perfect response to anyone who might [...]

By |2020-01-03T13:50:21-05:00March 19th, 2013|Blog|

Chicago Public Schools Demands ‘Persepolis’ Be Removed from Classrooms

Photo by Chris Walker/ Chicago Tribune Teachers and students gathered outside Lane Tech College Prep in the freezing rain Friday for a spirited protest. "Honk if you love free speech," and "Closing Schools. Banning Books. What's next?" students' signs read. The protest was organized in response to the revelation that the Chicago Public School Board had evidently mandated [...]

By |2020-01-05T23:15:56-05:00March 18th, 2013|Blog|

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. NCAC is proud to be a sponsor, along with longtime allies like the American Library Association, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the American Booksellers for Free Expression.    This year's theme is young adult literature, so from September 27 to October 3 we'll be talking and reading about [...]

By |2020-01-02T15:10:31-05:00September 23rd, 2015|

Graphic Novels: Suggestions for Librarians

The immediacy of graphic novels’ visual impact coupled with adult themes and concerns, however, sometimes confuse library patrons used to thinking of comics as the province solely of 10 or 12 year olds. The explosive growth of the medium combined with the appearance of more and more graphic novels for older teens and adults presents some unique problems for librarians.

By |2022-10-03T16:22:44-04:00July 10th, 2013|

Marjane Satrapi to CPS: ‘Find your Brain Again. Stop Lying’

Khury Petersen-Smith of caught up with Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi to talk about the shady restrictions being placed on the teaching of her book in Chicago. Again, Satrapi showed her insight and savvy and aptly expressed the utter confusion and dismay we are all feeling: What is so horrible in my book that you need guidance? Am I inviting people to [...]

By |2016-01-14T12:18:10-05:00April 9th, 2013|Blog|

Too Soon or Censorship? “The Librarian of Basra” & Third Graders

This morning's news feeds boasted two stories that grabbed our attention, in particular because they dovetail so perfectly with the recent controversy in Chicago Public Schools surrounding Persepolis.  One is about drama that has ensued after the California DOE decided to include more gay-themed books in its school curricula. This brings up vital curricular and cultural issues, but for the purposes [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:06:47-05:00April 1st, 2013|Blog|
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