Banned Books

OF MICE AND MEN

2016

Recommended to be pulled from classroom instruction and made available only on a voluntary, small-group basis in 9th-grad English classes in Coeur d'Alene (ID). Its use of profanity - "bastard," for instance, and "God damn" - makes the book unsuitable. in addition to the profanity, the curriculum committee found the story of two migrant ranch hands struggling during the Great Depression too "negative." On June 1, 2015, the school board voted 4 to 1 to keep the novella as an option for English teachers to assign their classes, rather than demote it to voluntary, small-group discussion as recommended by a school district committee that is reviewing novels taught in the schools.

2015

Retained in the Brauberd (MN) School District curriculum despite the complaints of two parents who objected to the use of "Jesus Christ" as a curse word, the use of the n-word to descripe African Americans, and the term "Japs." They argued this type of language undermines the values of respect they try to instill in their children and the novel should be pulled from the curriculum. Parents and students who object to the language may choose an alternative book by the Nobel Prize-winning author.

2008

Challenged at the Newton (IA) High School because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton High School has required students to read the book since at leas the early 1980's. Retained in the Olathe (KS) 9th-grade curriculum despite a parent calling the novel a "worthless, profanity-riddled book" which is "derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled."

2007

Retained in the Greencastle-Antrim (PA) tenth-grade English classes. A complaint was filed because of "racial slurs" and profanity used throughout the novel. The book had been used in the high school for more than thirty years, and those who object to its content have the option of reading an alternative reading.

2005

2005

Challenged in the Normal (IL) Community High Schools because the book contains "racial slurs, profanity, violence and does not represent traditional values". An alternative book, Steinbeck's The Pearl was offered but rejected by the family challenging the novel. The committee then recommended The House on Mango Street and The Way to Rainy Mountain as alternatives.

2004

Challenged in the Normal (IL) Community High Schools because the book contains "racial slurs, profanity, violence and does not represent traditional values".

2003

Challenged as required reading at Grandville (MI) high school for "racism, profanity and foul language". Banned in George County (MS) schools for profanity.

2002

Banned for using offensive language, racism, violence, and being unsuited to age group

2001

Banned for using offensive language, racism, violence, and being unsuited to age group


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