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From: Cindy O'Donnell-Allen (cindyoa@lamar.colostate.edu)
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
    for reading!

    - Cindy

    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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