The Answer Sheet: Censorship

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Weird list of topics ‘avoided’ on California high school exit exam

War. Junk food. Rats. Look at the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:23 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 09/23/2013

A plea for book censors to stand down

Why censoring literature is unacceptable.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 09/23/2013

It’s Banned Books Week. Read a banned book!

The American Library Association’s annual event celebrates the freedom to read.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

School district bans Common Core-approved novel for sexually explicit material

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 07/17/2013

E-mails reveal censorship efforts by Mitch Daniels as Indiana governor

Daniels has some explaining to do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:10 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Acclaimed book 'recalled' from some Chicago school classrooms (update)

The American Library Association protests the removal of a Common Core test from some high school classrooms in Chicago.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:28 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Ravitch: The chutzpah of rewriting Mark Twain (and how it relates to "The Wire")

Education historian Diane Ravitch writes about the latest effort to cleanse Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" of hurtful words.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 02/01/2010

'The Diary of Anne Frank' and parental book complaints

Culpeper County Public School officials now say that 8th graders can learn from the version of Anne Frank's diary that drew a complaint from a parent for sexually explicit passages, but a committee will convene to review the book for future use. Can any parent complain about any part of the curriculum and be assured that a committee will be convened to review its suitability? This can easily get out of hand, as it just did in the Menifee Union School District in California. In the 9,000-student K-8 district, officials pulled dictionaries off of school shelves after a parent complained that “oral sex” was one of the entries.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:43 PM ET, 02/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2009

Should student drama productions be restricted to PG themes?

You would think people have better things to fight about, but across the nation people are arguing--and even going to court--over high school plays. Yes, the drama productions that high school kids stage for other high school kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)