Posts Tagged ‘ classroom ’

Arkansas Bill Would Ban Howard Zinn Books from Classrooms Statewide

March 13, 2017
By
Arkansas Bill Would Ban Howard Zinn Books from Classrooms Statewide

A state legislator in Arkansas earlier this month introduced a bill with a very specific and highly unconstitutional goal: to ban all books by or about historian Howard Zinn from public school classrooms in the state. The bill is scheduled to be considered in the House Education Committee tomorrow; meanwhile, hundreds of Arkansas teachers and…

Read more »

CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Return of Eleanor & Park to Oregon School District

March 7, 2017
By
CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Return of Eleanor & Park to Oregon School District

CBLDF last week joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter protesting the removal of Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor & Park from the eighth grade curriculum in the Yamhill-Carlton School District in Oregon. The school board ignored its challenge policy when it voted to ban the book in January, but later backtracked…

Read more »

Wisconsin Parent Wants The Glass Castle Out of Curriculum

February 22, 2017
By
Wisconsin Parent Wants The Glass Castle Out of Curriculum

A parent in Marshfield, Wisconsin has filed a challenge to Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, saying that high school students “deserve better” than a book he describes as “full of foul language, and explicit and disturbing materials.” In accordance with its challenge policy, the Marshfield School District will form a review committee to read…

Read more »

Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

December 5, 2016
By
Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

A Chicago-area high school has discontinued use of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things in its English curriculum, saying that the novel had not gone through the initial approval process outlined in district policy and contained “subject matter in some sections that is not age-appropriate for the students who were reading the book.” Some…

Read more »

CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

November 22, 2016
By
CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

In response to a Sullivan County, Tennessee parent who wants an entire world history textbook removed from her local school district’s seventh grade curriculum due to what she calls “Islamic indoctrination” in the unit on world religions, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project have sent a letter to the superintendent…

Read more »

Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

November 18, 2016
By
Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

The mother of a high school senior in Dubuque, Iowa has filed a challenge to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from classrooms in the Dubuque Community School District. Even though the Contemporary Literature teacher at Dubuque Hempstead High School already accommodated Jodi Lockwood’s request for an alternate assignment for her own…

Read more »

Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

November 11, 2016
By
Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

The mother of a seventh grader in Sullivan County, Tennessee this week filed a formal challenge to an entire world history textbook because she believes that some parts of the unit on religions amount to “Islamic indoctrination.” Backed by a lawyer from the California group Freedom X, Michelle Edmisten told Sullivan County School Board members…

Read more »

Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

October 20, 2016
By
Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

A recent high school graduate in Scotts Valley, California is hoping to “spark a conversation about art and censorship” at her alma mater after a parent complained about nudity in her senior art project and she was given the choice of censoring the work or removing it altogether. Madeline Volk, now a freshman at the…

Read more »

New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

August 5, 2016
By
New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

A parent in Chatham, New Jersey, is asking the local school district to remove excerpts of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States from the high school curriculum, claiming that the book encourages “one-way thinking” rather than critical thinking. During the public comment period at the most recent school board meeting on July…

Read more »

Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

June 3, 2016
By
Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

To clear up confusion that came to light during a recent challenge to Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, school district officials in Pasco County, Florida plan to clarify the reach of decisions made by school-level review committees. A review committee from Pasco Middle School had recently recommended banning the book at all…

Read more »