A formal complaint was lodged by a local parent who was offended by the presence of profanity in the book, which includes passages that reference sexual assault.
For the second time in two months, a school has decided to remove Jonathan Safran Foer’s highly regarded novel ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ from a class reading list.
As a number of schools across the country let students watch Ava DuVernay’s rapturously acclaimed Selma for free, one school in Alabama didn’t let its students see the movie at all. The reason? The film contains profanity and “racial slurs.”
This summer, the Hardin Valley Academy wanted to keep its STEM students interested in school subjects during their vacation. After determining that the best way to do this was probably not by assigning weekly physics equations, the school assigned Daniel H. Wilson’s best-selling sci-fi novel Robopocalypse (Doubleday) as the program’s summer read. A parent of an […]
Discussing the “dark” qualities of YA books and their strong language is much in vogue of late. Yes, books can“scar” you–in that they effect you, they leave their mark, they cause an emotional reaction that sticks with you after you’ve read them. There seems to be an impulse to keep teens “unscarred” in the well-meaning, […]
A Jefferson County Public School student was banned from mentioning the name of his website in a Search Engine Optimization class offered through the school’s online continuing education program. His URL: www.olbastard.com. His context: he sells bastard files. He attempted to post comments to the online forum, but because his URL was the subject of […]
Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn, Oregon has taught its eighth grade students a First Amendment curriculum for ten years, addressing the controversies surrounding commonly-banned books and reading the books in class. The unit drew no major criticism until early last month, when librarian and teacher Michael Diltz faced ire from several parents. He […]
Good news for kids’ right to read! On Wednesday, the Muscogee County (GA) School District’s media committee voted unanimously to keep the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, in elementary school libraries. Counting up 19 terms she found inappropriate, one parent had challenged the book for its profanity. In its decision to keep the book […]