If it’s a day ending in Y, that means that somewhere a left-wing education professional is scheming on how to make their district even more politically correct.
The Duluth News Tribune reports that the Duluth, Minnesota school district has removed the classic novels “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from its required reading list.
The books won’t be purged from school libraries, and students will still have the option of reading it if they so choose, but in the classroom they’re being replaced with other books on similar subjects — all because they contain the N-word.
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The district’s intent is to be considerate of all of its students, [district curriculum & instruction director Michael] Cary said. The district owes it to its students to not subject them to a racial slur that marginalizes them in their required learning, he said. He added that district leaders felt that there are many other options in literature that can teach the same lessons as the two novels without containing a racial slur.
“We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn’t require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs,” Cary said.
There wasn’t a specific complaint that triggered the decision, but it was a response to complaints about the books’ use of a racial slur that the district has faced for a number of years, Cary said. Superintendent Bill Gronseth said the Duluth school district was hearing from students that the book’s use of a racial slur created an uncomfortable atmosphere for them in the classroom.
Stephan Witherspoon, president of the NAACP’s local chapter, applauded the school district’s decision to stop requiring students to read the books. Some people think the novels are educational literature for students, he said, but the novels are “just hurtful” and use “hurtful language that has oppressed the people for over 200 years.” The district’s use of the books as required reading has been an ongoing discussion between elders in the local NAACP and district leaders for years, Witherspoon said.
This is patently insane. Obviously, students don’t need to read the word in order to get a solid education on the historical themes in those books. But to suggest that the mere sight of them is some sort of stress or pain that students must be insulated from at all costs is no better.
Do these educators seriously believe students never see or hear the word when they’re out of the classroom, whether from classmates or rap music or YouTube videos? Have they made the slightest effort to be consistent and review every other book on their required reading list to remove any other books that might contain other content — vulgar language, violence, sexual content, derogatory depictions of other groups, divisive beliefs, etc. — that could conceivably make students uncomfortable? Somehow, I doubt it.
In all likelihood, this is driven in part by the Left’s never-ending need to find new “racial injustices” to pretend America is still guilty of, no matter how hard they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel. But the result won’t be a more just or equal future — it’ll be one where each new generation is even more hopelessly delicate than the previous one.
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