Reaction Paper towards Banning of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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In this blog post, I will be reacting to “Why did Biloxi pull ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th-grade lesson plan?” Posted on October 12, 2017, by Karen Nelson on According to the post, To Kill a Mockingbird was taken off the curriculum of a school in Biloxi, Mississippi. The book was taken off because it included some elements that some people thought was inappropriate for 8th graders. I agree that there may be some inappropriate elements but I disagree that it had to be taken off their curriculum. This book was written for teens and adults to have a better understanding of the world and coming-of-age and I feel like this school is holding back the knowledge from the teens.

I feel that the book should not have been banned because it shows the teens about coming-of-age, since they themselves are coming-of-age, and it give the teens more understanding of the world. They always introduce and take out materials so that the school could work better. As the Biloxi School Superintendent, Arthur McMillian said, “We change resources and materials to teach state objectives.”

Even though I don’t have any past experiences with books getting banned, I feel like this book does not need to be removed from shelves or curriculums because it teaches coming-of-age kids about the subject of coming-of-age and how the world actually is. I understand that some parents and teachers find the information inappropriate, but it can also help their children learn.




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