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CBLDF & Kids’ Right to Read Project Fight for Beartown in NC

November 16, 2018
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CBLDF & Kids’ Right to Read Project Fight for Beartown in NC

This week CBLDF, as a co-sponsor of Kids’ Right to Read Project, along with National Coalition Against Censorship and other groups dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of readers, wrote a letter imploring North Carolina Rockingham School District to remove its district-wide ban on Beartown. Last month, CBLDF reported on the community outrage that…

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Beartown Pulled from NC High School

October 10, 2018
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Beartown Pulled from NC High School

After community outrage, the North Carolina Rockville County School Board pulled Beartown by Fredrick Backman from a 10th grade English honors class required reading list, blaming the teacher’s lack of pre-approval and experience for the error. Parents called the book “vulgar” though no specific passages were presented in the local coverage of the board meeting.…

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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

January 25, 2018
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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

Mary Jo Little thinks that The Glass Castle is inappropriate reading for ninth graders at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.“There’s rape. There’s assault. There’s drunk driving. It’s just not appropriate in this age group,” Little told Channel 9. The Glass Castle is a popular curriculum choice, but also a frequently contested one. Its bleak descriptions…

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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

May 19, 2017
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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

We may be biased (we’re biased), but it is difficult to see how the increased use of comics in higher education could be a bad thing. Starting with Art Spiegelman’s Maus over thirty years ago, educators at all levels have discovered the unique benefits of graphic literature in the classroom. Today entire courses built around…

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NC School District Pulls Jacob’s New Dress from Curriculum After Legislator Complaints

March 24, 2017
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NC School District Pulls Jacob’s New Dress from Curriculum After Legislator Complaints

Under pressure from North Carolina state legislators, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this week reversed course on a plan to have all first graders read the picture book Jacob’s New Dress, which centers on a gender-nonconforming boy who wants to wear a dress to school. The book was to be incorporated in an anti-bullying program to ensure the…

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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

July 8, 2016
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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

A North Carolina lawyer who has previously advocated for censorship in his local school district was last week approved by the legislature to serve a four-year term on the State Board of Education. Most notably, J. Todd Chasteen was involved in a 2013-2014 effort to ban Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits from the…

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Amityville Graphic Novel Challenged in North Carolina School

November 19, 2015
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Amityville

A parent in Knightdale, North Carolina is calling for the removal of Amityville: Jr. Graphic Ghost Stories from all Wake County schools after her first grade son checked the book out of the Lake Myra Elementary School library earlier this week. Parent Kay Walker feels that the graphic novel, which retells the infamous story of the…

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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

September 10, 2015
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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

Shortly after some Duke University freshmen made news by publicly opting out of reading Fun Home for an all-class summer reading program, another new student at the public university just down the road is also offering his thoughts on books he hasn’t read. In a piece for the student-run website The College Fix, University of…

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NC School Board Changes Policy to Keep Challenged Books in Classrooms

September 8, 2015
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The Kite Runner

Earlier this summer, a unanimous vote successfully kept Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in Buncombe County, North Carolina, classrooms and initiated a necessary discussion about whether existing school policy about how to handle challenged books should be changed. In a board meeting last Thursday, that conversation concluded, and it was decided that teachers could continue…

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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

August 24, 2015
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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

As incoming freshmen at Duke University wrapped up orientation week on Friday, campus newspaper The Chronicle checked up on the reaction to the choice of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as an all-class summer reading book. Although some freshman have opted not to read the book because they believe it would conflict with their values, it’s…

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