School removes ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from reading list after race complaint

A school board in Washington votes to remove Harper Lee classic novel to kill a robin A must-read list from ninth graders.

On Monday night, the Mukilteo School Board voted unanimously to remove the book from its must-read list. everett herald report.

The board’s move didn’t ban the book from being taught, and it remains on the district’s approved fiction list.

To kill a robin, It tells the story of a lawyer who, on behalf of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in Alabama in the 1930s, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 and was arrested in many schools across the country. Ask to read.

However, the book has also been controversial and banned by some school districts.

Last year, three high school English teachers — Verena Kuzmany, Riley Gaggero and Rachel Johnson — demanded that the book be removed from the Mukilteo School District curriculum, according to Herald.

They argue that the novel celebrates white saviours, marginalizes characters of color, and uses the “n-word” nearly 50 times.

An Instructional Materials Committee of about 20 members, including teachers and parents, evaluated the request.

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (C ) first edition.
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They recommend removing the book from the district’s ninth-grade English/language arts must-read list, but say it should remain on the approved fiction list for teachers to use.

According to the school board meeting agenda, Dr. Alison Brynelson, head of the Mukilteo school board, supports removing the book from the must-read list for grade 9.

The majority of teachers and students who spoke during the public comment period at the pre-vote meeting supported deletion Robin From the required reading list, Herald report.

Chairman of the Board, African-American Michael Simmons, told Weekly newspaper He and other board members made the decision after “serious consideration” of the information provided.

“My 11 years of voting as a school board member have always reflected the best interests of Mukilteo School District students and our teachers, and of course our district’s mission – ‘Committed to the success of every student’.

to kill a robin There was great interest, albeit emotional, mainly from faculty, community members and organizations, and of course our students shared perspectives. All board members voted with clear thinking after careful consideration of the information provided. “

Simmons added: “Most importantly, and at the heart of my role as Chairman of the Board, this will be the key to our continued mission for all of our stakeholders – teachers, parents, community members and the administrative team led by Dr. Brynelson. A path of collective commitment, our director. I have zero doubts that we’ll get there.”

At least two of the five school board members reread the book ahead of Monday’s vote.

“I have a visceral reaction to the racism in the book, and I can only imagine the pain and desperation any student might experience when reading it in class,” board member Judy Schwab said in a statement. According to the meeting, according to Herald.

Mukilteo school board members and district superintendents have been contacted for additional input.

UPDATE 1/25/22 8:32AM ET: This article has been updated with a statement from Michael Simmons.

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