Duluth School Changes Reading Lists Due to Use of Racial Slur

"To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" are required readings in high school literature classes.

DULUTH, Minn. – Changes are coming at Duluth Public Schools when it comes to required reading lists for students.

The changes are happening because of the use of racial slurs in two books.

At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” will not be required readings.

The books are not banned and will still be available.

Students will still have the choice to read the books if they’d like.

“We’ve had many opportunities for feedback over the years from various stakeholders about their feelings surrounding these two particular novels and how they impact their children,” said Director of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Michael Cary. “So based on that feedback we felt it was appropriate as a district and building leadership team to remove them as required curriculum.”

The curriculum adoption process has teachers and district leadership making selections as a team.

“Our hope is that we aren’t putting students in a position where they’re feeling humiliated or marginalized racially in our schools,” said Cary. “We’re hoping that we will have an overall positive experience with this change.”

The goal is to ensure the district is considerate of all students.

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