Song Of Solomon


" is a novel by Toni Morrison, the very famous and very popular Nobel laureate for literature. It's the story of a young black man named Milkman and his journey towards redemption and enlightenment from the twisted Michigan environment that spawned him. It's one of Morrison's most popular books, and won the Critics Circle award in 1978.
There's a controversy going on?
You betcha. During the summer of '97, the 11th grade Advanced Placement English class of David Flood, in the small town of Leonardtown, Maryland , was assigned to read "." The book was then discussed briefly in class. Shortly after the class was finished with , and happily whiling away the time on the extremely ...

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as per the rules of reviewing a challenged book, the director of English for the school district, Deanna Norad, assembled a five person committee made up of two administrators, one teacher, and two parents. The comittee deliberated, and unanimously recommended to keep the book on the reading list. They also suggested some changes to the way the book was taught. From then on, they said, Song of Solomon should be taught during the regular school year so that more guidance could be given, if needed. By the same token, they recommended that the book be discussed more in class.


If they kept it, what's the controversy?

Here's the thing; the final decision rested with Superintendent Patricia Richardson. The committee only existed to advise her. She decided to get rid of the book.


Why did she do that?

She said she thought that the book was inappropriate for high schoolers. Also, she probably wanted to resolve the issue quickly, with a minimum of controversy. There's no doubt in my mind ...

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Added: 6/23/2004 11:37:40 AM
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