To Kill a Mockingbird

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 696
  • Published : February 20, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
There have been plenty of opinions and discussions around the statement if the well-known novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee should be used as teaching material. A number of teachers have decided to use the book in classes but there are likewise several strong arguments for banning it in the education. Some claim that this is a novel that “every adult should read before they die”; while others prefer to say “this is a dangerous book”. Due to the somber, mighty but significant themes that the book brings up have resulted in that people have got an eye-opener if “To Kill a Mockingbird” is proper to occur in children’s hands. But the advantages weigh out the disadvantages. To kill a mockingbird should not be banned from schools since the novel reflects and includes the American segregated history in a trustworthy way that students can understand and as lively discussions likely will occur, possible repetitions from the past will be prevented.

Since the release in the 1960s, the book has become a part of classroom study due to the instructive themes brought up in the book. Examples of these themes are racial injustice, courage, compassion and the destruction of innocence. However, due to the controversial nature of these themes, some schools have chosen to ban the book from education. Amongst these are the schools of the Canadian province Nova Scotia who defends their point of view with following statement quoted from the book “Bloom’s Guides: To Kill a Mockingbird – new Edition”:

“The terminology in this novel subjects students to humiliating experiences that rob them of their self-respect and the respect of their peers. The word ‘Nigger’ is used 48 times [in] the novel…We believe that the English Language Arts curriculum in Nova Scotia must enable all students to feel comfortable with ideas, feelings and experiences presented without fear of humiliation … To Kill a Mockingbird is clearly a book that no longer meets these goals and therefore must...
tracking img