“To Kill a Mockingbird” is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district.
Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week. School board vice president Kenny Holloway says the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”
So does some of the language I hear at Wal-Mart, but I still go there!
Published in 1960, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town and a whole lot more I might add!
It is probably the most important book of the 20th century.
What the heck is wrong with people?
“There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” the district’s vice president, Kenny Holloway, told The Sun Herald. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”
No, Kenny, no you can’t!
TKAM is THE best book to teach English composition to kids.
It has it all.
And, learning isn’t about comfort, it’s about learning!!!!
I’ve talked about this before, and you and your stupid school board need to listen UP!
A message on the school’s website says “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education. Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons.
That may be true, but other books aren’t as well written and other books don’t have every literary trick in the book in them.
Get a grip.