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Coalition opposes CdA book ouster

The National Coalition Against Censorship has sent a letter to Chairwoman Christa Hazel & the Coeur d'Alene School Board urging them not to approve a recommendation by an ad hoc committee that Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" be excluded from a high school reading list. The School Board will discuss the matter this evening:

NCAC's Kids' Right to Read Project (KRRP) is urging the school board in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to reject an ad hoc committee's recommendation that Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake should be excluded from a high school reading list. An English teacher at Lake City High School submitted the award-winning novel for inclusion for 12th graders based on the work's pedagogical value, as well the need to include more contemporary American works on the list. But the Ad Hoc Curriculum Committee for High School Literature voted in October to reject the title for whole group instruction, citing sex scenes that some considered too explicit. The board will meet December 7 to determine whether to accept the ad hoc committee's 4-2 vote. The NCAC letter, signed by American Booksellers for Free Expression, Association of American Publishers, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Council of Teachers of English, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, reminds them that decisions should be made on educational grounds. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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