From the New York Daily News in the USA:
May 13, 2013 11:24 AM
BY Taylor Malmsheimer
Last month, a mother in Northville, Mich., filed a formal complaint against her daughter’s school district, stating that the unedited version of “The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank” contained “pornographic” passages that were inappropriate for her seventh grade daughter and her classmates.
The Northville Patch reports that following a deliberation by a review committee, Northville Public School officials have decided not to remove the definitive edition of Anne Frank’s diary from its middle school’s reading options.
Assistant superintendent for instructional services Robert Behnke wrote a letter to the community regarding the school’s decision, stating that the committee worried that removing the book would constitute as censorship.
“The committee felt strongly that a decision to remove the use of ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl — The Definitive Edition’ as a choice within this larger unit of study would effectively impose situational censorship by eliminating the opportunity for the deeper study afforded by this edition,” Behnke wrote.
The committee, which consisted of elementary, middle school and district administrators as well as two middle school English teachers and two parents in the district, also suggested the district should better communicate information about the units of study in middle school literature classes, Behnke said. It suggested that when possible, middle school English classes should provide parents with booklists that can be reviewed by parents before students make a selection.
The school’s decision is a welcome hiatus from a recent troubling trend, in which parents and teachers request that various books be banned from school libraries and reading lists in communities across the country.
- Anne Frank’s Diary in US schools censorship battle (guardian.co.uk)
- Michigan Woman Believes Anne Frank’s Diary is Indecent, Wants It Pulled From Middle School Reading Lists (complex.com)
- Michigan mom deems Anne Frank’s unedited diary too naughty for junior high (redalertpolitics.com)
- Is the unabridged ‘Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl’ too much of a good thing? (csmonitor.com)