Saturday, March 25, 2006

Update: Judson School District

Update from the San Antionio Express-News:

The critically acclaimed novel "The Handmaid's Tale" was reinstated to Judson Independent School District's Advanced Placement curriculum after board members voted 5-2 Thursday in favor of the move.

This has been a very educational experience for the students at Judson High School. Senior Craig Gagne eloquently asked:

"If we do ban 'The Handmaid's Tale' because of sexual content, then why not ban 'Huckleberry Finn' for racism? Why not ban 'The Crucible' for witchcraft? Why not ban 'The Things They Carried' for violence and why not ban the Bible and argue separation of church and state?" Gagne asked board members. "All the books I just mentioned are part of the 11th-grade Judson High School English curriculum. I read and appreciated all of these books and would like future classes to have the same privilege."

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