Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Goal

In addition to reading books my students are reading so that I can recommend books to them and bond with them on reading, I also want to read as many books from this list as I possibly can.

Banned Books List

It's so interesting. On Wikipedia's list of banned books, this line stuck out to me immediately:
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Was banned in South Africa in 1955 because of the use of the word 'black' in the title
And I was reading about a kid who spear headed a campaign to ban To Kill a Mockingbird because of the racial slurs. He even wore a t shirt to school with those words written all over it and was told to cover up the offensive terms. I can't remember if the school ended up banning the book but I think they at least considered it.

That doesn't make sense to me at all. The book is a snippet of history. I think it's good he read it and was offended. We should always remind ourselves of where we came from as a society in order to continue on the better path.


*edit* I've just noticed that both of these goals force me to read Harry Potter next.

1 comment:

Natasha, Phil, Alex & Zach said...

You have to give the kid credit for being creative and taking a stand, whether you agree with him or not. I wonder how much of it was his or his parents' idea though....