Article Title

Don't misunderstand the real meaning of censorship (editorial)

Newspaper

Central Oregonian (Prineville)

Date

12-27-2008

Challenged Material

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reading Level

young adult

Location

Crook County, Oregon; Prineville, Oregon

Participants

Hank Moss

Abstract

The reader argues three main points: one, it is the parents' responsibility to decide what is appropriate for their children to read; second, it is not censorship to pull the book from the required reading; and three, the fact that the book is 'award winning' does not guarantee that the book is school-worthy material.

Keywords

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian", parental responsibility, indecent literature, sexually explicit passages, materials selection, freedom of speech

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