canton http://michiganradio.org en Michigan school district decides not to ban "Waterland" novel http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-decides-not-ban-waterland-novel <p>The <a href="http://www.pccs.k12.mi.us/">Plymouth-Canton school district</a> will not ban <em>Waterland </em>from its Advanced Placement English curriculum.</p><p>Graham Swift&rsquo;s novel is the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-considers-banning-two-books">second book this year</a> the Plymouth-Canton school district put on trial. The <a href="post/michigan-school-district-considers-banning-two-books">district considered banning</a> Toni Morrison&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_dilettante/2006/05/why_is_beloved_beloved.html"><em>Beloved </em></a>last month, but <a href="http://www.pccs.k12.mi.us/node/1396">decided against it</a>.</p><p>A committee voted anonymously in a closed meeting not to ban the books after hearing from teachers, students and parents during public meetings. (Since their votes are anonymous, we do not know if it was a unanimous vote.)</p><p>AP English teacher Brian Read, who has taught <em>Beloved </em>and <em>Waterland</em> for 10 years, says both books deal with the effects of trauma, and contain some mature content of a sexual nature. He says he and his colleague don&#39;t choose books because they&#39;re sensational, or because there&#39;s offensive material in it.</p><p>&quot;We choose them because they&rsquo;re really great works of literature and they really work well in our curriculum, they work well with other pieces that we&rsquo;re teaching. So I&rsquo;ll absolutely teach it again and I&rsquo;m glad that I have that opportunity to teach it again.&quot;</p><p>Read says both books are worth fighting for, and he&rsquo;ll continue to defend the books if they come under fire again.</p><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:00:03 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6270 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan school district decides not to ban "Waterland" novel Plymouth-Canton school district banning books http://michiganradio.org/post/plymouth-canton-school-district-banning-books <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s an interesting controversy going on in the&nbsp; Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, a middle-class school district in Western Wayne County. It has to do with banning books.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:35:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5818 at http://michiganradio.org Plymouth-Canton school district banning books