An Ontario school board has pulled the book To Kill A Mockingbird from its curriculum based on it's "racist content". (More specifically, the use of the N word). From what I have read, this was the result of a parents complain. I don't even know where to start...
How can we teach children about racism without a reference? How can children begin understand the impact it has on people if they cannot relate to it?
This much I KNOW is true:
1. When I read TKMB in school, It wasn't the first time I heard the N word.
2. It was one of the few books that stayed with my after I left school. There is a real lesson to be learned in this PULITZER prize winning book.
3. I enjoyed the book. And so did my husband & he's a Cliff's Notes kinda guy.
4. I am so sad. Sad because if this kind of censorship keeps happening, I am worried Miles will never learn about how racism affected everyone in the 1930's, or Sexual Health or even, dare I say, the Holocaust (because some idiot will say it has too much "racism or violence"). I'm not a teacher, I KNOW I am not the most qualified person to teach him these lessons & their importance in todays society. Of course, these things, along with the national anthem & FUN non-religious holidays (like Halloween or Valentine's day) will be taught to him at home, but I worry for the children who's parents won't make the effort.
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