Monday, January 7, 2008
PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)
The PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) of Maui High School is looking for feedback on the following book titles available to students through the school library and/or taught by the English department. Several parents and guardians have contacted school administrators about the questionable content and educational merit of these and other books. We strongly encourage you to discuss the content of these books with your peers and those connected with the school to evaluate the reasons we should keep them in (or remove them from) the school library and the curriculum. Without your feedback, we will not be able to effectively evaluate the arguments for and against keeping these books in our school. The list below includes, but does not represent all, the titles being challenged by our community, whose tax money is used to buy the books. You should communicate with at least five people (not including me) in this debate until January 16th, at which time, you will send me your final decision regarding how appropriate you feel these books are for high school students. Thank you.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain for use of racist language.
Beloved by Toni Morrison due to sexual content including bestiality and both offensive and racist language
Black Boy by Richard Wright for vulgar language among other word choices and violent descriptions.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou for violence and sex.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote for sex, violence, and profanity
The Color Purple by Alice Walker for questionable lessons on morality, racism and sexuality.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for extreme violence and objectionable sexual content.
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson for profanity and descriptions of nudity and sex crimes.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey due to glorifying pornography and criminal activity.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, for encouraging licentiousness, homosexuality, drug abuse and offensive language.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for use of racial epithets.