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Censorship is alive and well

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In this day and age, I find this hard to believe:

Now Playing in New Rochelle, "Book, Interrupted"!
Submitted by Robert Cox on Mon, 12/08/2008 - 09:33.

New Rochelle School District Censors Pages from Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen's harrowing memoir that inspired Academy Award-Winning Film starring Winona Ryder and Angela Jolie.

Students at New Rochelle School High School are going to find it difficult to complete their next assignment: comparing the film adaptation of "Girl, Interrupted" to the best-selling book. In the book, Kaysen recounts her confinement at a Massachussets mental hospital in the 1960's.

Pages from the middle of the book have been torn out by the school district after having been deemed "inappropriate" by school officials due to sexual content and strong language. Removed is a scene where the rebellious Lisa (played by Angela Jolie in the movie) encourages Susanna (played by Winona Ryder)
to circumvent hospital rules against sexual intercourse by engaging in oral sex instead.
(R rated content).

"The material was of a sexual nature that we deemed inappropriate for teachers to present to their students," said English Department Chariperson Leslie Altschul, "since the book has other redeeming features, we took the liberty of bowdlerizing."

Leslie comment: Is this ENGLISH teacher for real? She believes "bowdlerizing" is appropriate?

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I am appalled.

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stevene9 said:
Censoring a book in a school is certainly the very best way to get every student to get hold of an uncensored copy and read it.
Oh I sure agree with that! And such censorship is ridiculous. If you don't want your students reading the book in it's entirely, don't assign it.
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