Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Book Banning and Editing
How topical.. I just posted about reading Tom Sawyer (here), and now the news tells about a version of Huck Finn that has been produced, editing out the n-word. (I'll bet Twain is spinning in his grave.) Twain is a great story-teller! The characters show the culture and society's mores of the time. Readers can see Tom and Huck befriending everyone.. people from various strata of their society. In addition, I trust readers -- they are smart! Teachers certainly are smart enough to guide a thoughtful discussion! I actually thought the jolt of that word was a good thought provoker as I read Tom Sawyer, putting me in the context of the times and learning from it.
I wish I could sub again in the class that spurred me into reading Tom Sawyer, but they have a more regular sub ensconced in there, so I guess I'll miss out on the great discussion, at least in that classroom.
I heart books!