DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA, GEORGIA (WJBF) – The novel “Kill the Mockingbird” will remain in school libraries in the District of Columbia and in the curriculum after the committee decided not to take any action to urge parents to ban the book.
“After a long discussion, we found that ‘Kill the Ridiculer’ offers great opportunities for teachers to pursue different standards,” said Michelle Sherman, deputy headmaster of the District of Columbia.
Parents have filed a petition banning the book because of its racial issues.
The committee, which includes parents and teachers, considered the complaint and made a decision at Tuesday’s meeting.
“The teacher did a great job showing us how she used it in her class, and really gave us an idea of the many standards she can teach with this particular novel,” Sherman said.
Assistant Head of School of the District of Columbia Michelle Sherman said the appeal process for the book involves the contributions of both teachers and parents.
“We review and read the book in its entirety, and then offer parents the opportunity to come in and present their problems to us. Then we invite the teacher to come and tell how it is taught in class.
The committee makes its decision on the basis of a heading that takes into account factors such as the relevance, quality, appropriateness and vulgarity of the book.
Sherman said in the future, parents may also first talk to the teacher before starting the appeal process.
“If anyone could hear this teacher and the way she used it in class, they would feel much better about this book as a whole. So we always encourage our families to go to the teacher first,” he said. Sherman.