Saturday, November 25, 2006

Why Does the Caged Bird Sing?

The Associated Press covered a story about the proposed banning of Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The book is Angelou's biography and it includes passages that talk about this U.S. poet laureate's rape and subsequent unwanted pregnancy.

As is the case with many challenges, the children of the Fond du Lac, WI parents who wish to have the book removed from the curriculum have been provided with an alternate novel. One family wishes to have the book removed and would impose their restrictions on the children of all of the students using this novel.

Joe Pentek, English teacher defends the use of this book,

I felt as a teacher of the book that the students were mature enough to handle the concepts of the book and look beyond the images portrayed to a deeper meaning and the effects of what Angelou went through. What better place to discuss adversity than in a classroom setting?

Read about a former challenge along with excerpts of what parents in the past found offensive.


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