In a previous post the proposed banning of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was reported. To follow up on this story, the book will remain in the classroom, according to Bob Nelson, a reporter in the Fond de Lac area. In his web log, he thinks back on his own high school education.
I've never read the book, but can sympathize with students who are assigned a book to read with little say about it. Having said that I'm now glad that I had no choice in the matter when I was in high school myself. "Lord of the Flies," "A Tale Of Two Cities," "A Seperate Peace," "Black Like Me," and "The Jungle" were just a couple of assigned books I can remember reading. Each of them had an impact in their time and something to say.
I found it interesting that FdL Reporter received a flurry of email concerning the proposed banning.
They noticed in California and in Florida and in every state in between. They noticed outside of our borders, in places like England and Canada. We know this because, in the first 24 hours after the story's publication in The Reporter, our e-mail box was flooded by more than 350 comments representing every stripe and color of the faith and/or political spectrum.
I'm with Bob Nelson, that not having read this particular book, I think I need to add it to my list of "should read" just to see what all of the fuss is about.