My brother's daughter is named Harper...after the author Harper Lee...and my own daughters are currently writing assignments on this very book in their grade 9 curriculum.
Watch the original 'Lord of the Flies', if there isn't a 'lesser race' to torment they just start feeding on their own rather than park the racism. Identify the disease before looking for a cure.
The disease is political correctness. The cure is a culling of bad teachers and lame politicians.
That in today's politically correct liberal mind-set the possibility of offending even one student is simply beyond the pale and therefore any material that doesn't fall within the narrow confines of their ideology is harmful and should be banned. Heaven forbid that students get the chance to read one of literature's classics, discuss it sensibly and be allowed to come to their own conclusions.
The whole idea of book banning is unconscionable. The Peel Regional School Board needs to resign as they are contemptible individuals who have no idea what it means to "educate". They are the ones who are "promoting" an ideology that is fascist in its very nature.
From the article, “The memo notes that the racist slur known as the n-word appears 19 times in the book.”
nobody is banning any books.
or censoring any books.
or really doing anything more than informing teachers that if they want to use a certain novel in their classroom that it is on them to deal with the repercussions from students and parents who are sick and tired of dealing with what today are racist ideas. As tax payers they shouldn't have to.
If you need to teach these outdated ideas then maybe look for a private institution that will will support you.
I hear Georgetown has one.
Its just a step in getting a relevant text into the school system. God forbid.