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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Current Events & Pop Culture

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Sample of Current Events & Pop Culture

Don't Speak

This article by a Missouri State University Professor discusses books that he feels should not be looked at in a classroom, or possibly ever. Among the list: Slaughterhouse Five, Twenty Boy Summer, and of course, Speak. Mr. Scroggins neglects to mention the possible usefulness of exposing kids to these books, but he definitely provides a conservative view on what books to teach and not to teach.


"Equally shocking is the content of the high school English classes. In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography. One such book is called 'Speak.'"