Article Title

Banned books lesson stirs controversy

Newspaper

Spokesman (Wilsonville)

Date

12-23-2009

Challenged Material

profanity as a teaching tool

Reading Level

all levels

Location

West Linn, Oregon

Participants

Michael Diltz; Roger Whoel; Athey Creek Middle School

Outcome

The teacher and school board have apologized and the curriculum tamed to be appropriate for its audience.

Abstract

A teacher's decision to include profanity as an example in a lesson about censorship sparks controversy and differing opinions from students and parents. The school board has issued an apology, and the teacher (Michael Diltz) has tamed down his presentation, an act deemed somewhat 'ironic'.

Keywords

profanity, offensive language, inappropriate for teenagers, education, free speech, censorship

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