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should huck finn be read in schools

THE CONTROVERSY: SHOULD HUCK FINN BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS? The reading of the book, Huckleberry Finn in high schools is a big controversy that has been going on for years. Many people believe that it should not be required to read in schools while some believe that it should be read in schools.I have taken notes from the series, Cultural Shock: Huck Finn, The Controversy, and I have read the teacher’s guide on Hulk Finn from www.pbs.org. From the research, I have found out that the number of people who believes that Hulk Finn should not be read in high school is the same number of the people who believe that the book should be read in high school. Kathy Monteiro is a mother who has strong feelings about the idea that the book should be removed from the school’s required reading list. She says that the word “nigger” is offensive. She says, “How can you ask kids to go home and read the word ‘nigger’ two-hundred something times in Adventures of Huck Finn and then expect kids to come back to school and not use the word?”Danny Elmore, a parent, states, “Five seconds before that word is used everyone in class might have been your friend. But now you’re reassessing yourself, and they’re reassessing you. It has a profound effect. Nothing is the same after it is used.” At a meeting for those who opposed the book, a black man said that the book could be taught without using the “n” word. A black teacher admits that the word offended her, but without the word, there would be no meaning to the book. Jocelyn Joshua, a scholar and a teacher, defends the teaching of Huck Finn. In the film, she says learning is not always painless and the book teaches us about mistreatment, friendship, and loyalty. A Chinese student in the film believes that the book should be read be...

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