FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Maya Angelou autobiography is causing concern at Fond du Lac High School, where some parents want the book banned.I'm really tired of writing these posts. It's like watching re-runs of 'Full House.' The same plot, over and over. By the 22nd minute, the 'everybody's learned their lesson' music comes on, somebody gets a hug, forgiveness is given, and the bliss that only TV sit-com families enjoy once again reigns supreme.
Sophomores in advanced English classes read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Some passages describe Angelou's rape and unwanted pregnancy.
School Superintendent Gregory Maass said one set of parents objected to the book, so the school assigned their student an alternative book.
Maass said they weren't satisfied and want the book removed from the curriculum entirely.
The Christianist version is, of course, parent objects to book, teacher supplies alternative, fundie parent rejects the alternative, demanding all the kids education be sacrificed to satisfy one parent's desire that their child not be exposed to 'dangerous' ideas.
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" has been taught in the school in question for over a decade and was taught in my highschool without incident. When the Fond du Lac principal held a meeting some 80 people showed up, though no decision was made as to what to do about the situation.
Why? Because the only thing that needs to be done is that the over-protective parents meddling in the education of kids who aren't their own need to be told to stuff it and accept the fact that their kid has already been given an alternate text. More likely, the school board caves and a bunch of kids are denied another part of the education they deserve.
No wonder the United States ranks 19th out of 24 when it comes to education...
Fond du Lac Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Ban
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