The Answer Sheet: book censorship

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)
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