Why did Biloxi pull ‘A Mockingbird’ from the 8th grade lesson plan? By Karen Nelson, it was published on Sun Herald. This article talks about how the Biloxi school in Mississippi, US has banned a book that was in the 8th grade curriculum named “To Kill a Mockingbird”. There were many reasons why they banned the book: for example, the language usage and the use of the “N” word. Because of banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” it has created a nation wide reaction. I feel bad for some student in the 8th grade because they are not able to read the book that was in their lesson plan. In my opinion I think that what they are doing is wrong because that is censorship and I don’t think that is a right action.
I feel that a lot of parent are going to argue with the school about their thoughts on banning the book, and I think that some parent are going to take out some student from the 8th grade just because they made that change. I see that there are different opinions about banning the book. For example, Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the school said: “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books”. However a student said “I think it is one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard”.
In addition to what Kenny Holloway said, Superintendent Arthur McMillan showed less importance to changing the lesson planned. “There are many resources and materials that are available to teach state academic standards to our students. These resources may change periodically. We always strive to do what is best for our students and staff to continue to perform at the highest level”. I think that what Superintendent Arthur McMillan wanted to do is minimize the importance of the situation because he wanted to avoid people talking about what happened.
In my opinion, the school is starting to regret making that change because a lot of parents are against that action, and as you can see in the video of the article the school does not want to answer any of the questions people have. It seems that there is no agreement on what to do. A teacher of the 8th grade described the book as “Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, takes readers to the roots of human behavior”. I think that censorship is not allowed at all although in my opinion self-censorship is allowed because you are censoring yourself and you are not censoring other people.
In conclusion, my opinion on this article is that there are some people in favor of banning the book and some that are against the book being banned. Consequently, there are different opinions about it… but as the video shows It seems that the director of the school doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.