Article Title

School board hears 'obscenity' charge

Authors

Newspaper

The Chronicle and the Sentinel-Mist (St. Helens)

Date

1-11-1989

Challenged Material

Lysistrata and Ladies Day by Aristophanes

Location

Scappoose

Participants

Linda Meshell, Joseph and Carolyn Harrell, Mary Kangas, Jack Blair, Robert Hammann, Sue Russell, Jim Hoag, Harold Olsen, Galen Lewis, Doug Foster,

Abstract

Parents of students in Scappoose charged that a book that is being used in an advanced placement English class is inappropriate and obscene for the age group. Two of four Greek comedies in a collection by Aristophanes were challenged by parents. They say that the language in sections of the play is inappropriate for high school students. It was suggested that the parents speak to the instructor personally first and then to talk to the high school principal. Robert Hammann said that the class is not required for students and that the curriculum was determined by Portland State University. The district policy is to receive complaints in writing and then a committee is formed for a proper hearing. The article ends describing various other decisions that the board made at the meeting.

Keywords

book challenge, curriculum, obscenities

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