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Report: Principal Removes Book From Summer List Due to Racy Prose

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 11:20 AM

The Daily News reported Thursday that the principal of P.S./M.S. 114 Belle Harbor removed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the required reading list for incoming sixth graders after angry parents complained.

 

Parents told the News that students had been expected to write a graded-essay on the book by author Sherman Alexie. Kelly-Ann McMullan-Preiss, 39, of Belle Harbor, said she refused to let her son read the book.
“It’s about . . . masturbation — which is not appropriate for my child to learn at 11,” she said . “It was like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for kids.” Read the full report
Parents told the News that students had been expected to write a graded-essay on the book by author Sherman Alexie. Kelly-Ann McMullan-Preiss, 39, of Belle Harbor, said she refused to let her son read the book.

“It’s about . . . masturbation — which is not appropriate for my child to learn at 11,” she said . “It was like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for kids.” Read the full report here

And what do you think, teachers and parents? One teacher on Twitter said that to say the book is about masturbation is equivalent to saying the Grapes of Wrath is about breastfeeding before conceding the book may be a better match for eighth graders than sixth graders.

 

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