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From: diana mayfield (mayfield@d20.co.edu)
Date: Thu Mar 23 2000 - 10:16:56 EST

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    Cindy O'Donnell-Allen wrote:
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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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    Our LMC (library media center) does the same every year. Aren't we the
    radicals! Air Academy High School - Colorado Springs - Diana

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