Ontario School Board Pressures Teachers Not To Teach Racist "To Kill a Mockingbird"


Hoof Hearted
Hoof Hearted
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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.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

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.

Well it must be quite traumatizing for the young lady . Reading a book where everything is not sunshine and rainbows. Her little sisters might not have to suffer that nightmare .
 
White_Unifier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...-a-mockingbird
Thoughts?

I would not see anything wrong, within the appropriate context, to teach the Communist Manifesto or Mein Kampf. If all we do is whitewash our history, then how are students supposed to understand it and how we've come to where we are now? I'd rather our children understand how hate develops so that they can adequately counter it. If they have no understanding of it, they themselves become more vulnerable to joining hate groups.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...-a-mockingbird
Thoughts?

It would have been a better book if it had a high speed chase and Boo Radley had superpowers.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...-a-mockingbird

Thoughts?

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.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...-a-mockingbird
Thoughts?

Political Correctness has gotten out of hand and the worst offenders have somehow been permitted to shape young minds.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

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.
 
Dixie Cup
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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.


JMHO
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...-a-mockingbird

Thoughts?

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.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

The disease is political correctness. The cure is a culling of bad teachers and lame politicians.

On paper that sounds alright, however, if it is bad teachers that are defining what the standards are there might be a tendency to invent a label called 'difficult student' rather than 'under-qualified teacher' as it should be.


If the ones in charge are providing the solution doing the opposite should be the path most explored as being the right one. If the ones being trampled on decide then cut the causality list by 50%, the bottom part rather than the top part.
If one politician goes lame fire the whole bunch and vote using referendums that have to be acted on within 90 days, the other side finishes out the term being the boss just as added incentive to avoid foolish actions.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

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.

Perhaps have the retired ones (65 max) should have schools be their pasture for a decade or longer if they like. They are less likely to bullshit 5the students than one who is just starting a career and has certain guidelines to follow if he wants that to happen.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

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.


JMHO

I could go for it if it was to purge out the ones that got the facts wrong rather than it was in conflict with a flawed version of the way things happened. To make an event appear to be in a different place would not fit that parameter.
 
Hoid
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To Kill a Mockingbird is irrelevant in Ontario in 2018.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

To Kill a Mockingbird is irrelevant in Ontario in 2018.


You are irrelevant no matter the province or the year.
 
Hoid
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here is the class of students who needed the message in To Kill a Mockingbird.

 
MHz
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Where's the mandatory ethnic child? Guards!
 
Hoof Hearted
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Typical Lefties...

Taking an historical piece of literature, and instead of making it a teachable moment...they demand censorship.

And sadly, these numbskulls who can't see past the end of their noses have infiltrated our educational system and are influencing/ bastardizing young minds.
 
MHz
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If it is Ottawa or or DC it is probably young maids that 'getting worked over'.
 
Hoid
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What censorship?

Did they edit out the n words?
 
MHz
#21
'No,' is the n word right?
 
Cannuck
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From the article, “The memo notes that the racist slur known as the n-word appears 19 times in the book.”

At least Atticus didn’t kneel during the anthem. That would have been really bad.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

From the article, “The memo notes that the racist slur known as the n-word appears 19 times in the book.”

It's called context. Look at the flap over 'Money for Nothing'. When the lyric "faggot" comes up, Knopfler isn't using the term himself, he's using the term to describe the jealousy of those who wish they were rock stars. Same with the book. The author isn't calling Black people ni**ers.
And that's another problem with our educational system. They no longer seem to discuss context and instead prefer to ban books they find "uncomfortable".
You know who else likes to ban books? Fascists and religious nutters.
 
Hoid
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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.
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

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.

Context is an outdated idea? Man, sure can tell you're ALT-left. BY the by, this kind of shit is just a step in getting a book banned.
 
Hoid
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Its just a step in getting a relevant text into the school system. God forbid.
 
MHz
#27
Is all the micro film ever going to have the text digitized?
 
Dixie Cup
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Wow Hoid! Have you even read the book or at least seen the movie? You are so out of touch about what the book is about it's incredibly silly of you to offer a comment when you don't know what you're talking about.


The book itself shows what racism is and does and how horrible it was/is to be Black! Do you honestly think that discussing what the book entails would give poor little kiddies nightmares and anger parents simply to show hoq NOT to be today and how ATTITUDES must and are changing towards people of different color? Or do you simply want to preach, rant and rave about how bad it was and how dare the author write a book about racism.


You are terribly narrow minded and obviously don't want children/teens to learn about the history of the Black people and what they've gone through to get to where we are now and how far we still need to go. That is absolutely mind numbing as far as I am concerned. How does anyone learn about anything when they're not allowed to know what was and how we got here? Unbelievable!


And yes, it's the first step to banning the book!!


JMHO
 
Jinentonix
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

Its just a step in getting a relevant text into the school system. God forbid.

Racism isn't relevant? Black people are no longer being railroaded by the legal system?
 
Serryah
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The more people want to ban a book, the more that I think it needs to be read and discussed (not taught; you can't really 'teach' a book as each person will get something different out of it which I wish higher up educators would get).