School District Pulls ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Because It ‘Makes People Uncomfortable’

A book that was created to make Americans uncomfortable is being pulled from an eighth-grade reading list reading list bythe Biloxi School District in Mississippi because “it makes people uncomfortable.”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of a principled attorney, Atticus Finch, who defends a black man after the rape of a white woman in a small southern town. The story is full of wry wit, southern charm, and terrible examples of racism. But it made Atticus Finch one of the great American heroes in literature and the story a must-read for school children.

  • canminuteman

    Just another example of the dumbing down of education.

    As another example, I was at my son’s parent teacher interviews last week, I don;t recall having those in high school, but apparently they have them all through high school as well now, but that’s another issue.

    I was talking to his grade nine shop teacher about the curriculum and standards, and how in my grade nine shop class we made metal hammers, using lathes and mills and hand tools. He told me that that hammer is now the grade 12 project!! So what I did in graded nine he is doing in grade 12. What a waste of time. This is in Ontario, in the Durham Board of Education.

    • Waffle

      4-year BA is now equivalent of long-dead Ontario Grade 13 diploma. Welcome to the new Dark Age!

      • Hard Little Machine

        A 120 years ago the average high school student was supposed to graduate with math including some calculus, history, some Latin, some Greek, rhetoric and English literature.

        • Waffle

          So you approve of the dumbing down of the curriculum?

          • Hard Little Machine

            I don’t care. I have my degrees, my kids have theirs, etc. Let everyone in the future be clinically retarded. I can’t worry about the cultural race to the bottom anymore. Our society won’t fail because of ‘climate’ or Muslims or war or any of that. It will fail because we’ll run out of people who can keep the lights on.

          • canminuteman

            I have to go to work in one hour, for my twelve hour night shift at a generating plant. I’m doing my bit to keep the lights on.

        • ontario john

          I remember attending a small rural school in Ontario, where the teacher maintained order with a yard stick, and the principle had an impressive display of leather straps in his office. We were taught British history along with Canadian history, poetry, and agriculture among other things. Ball point pens were not allowed. It was ink wells and blotters. And this was only in the early 1960s. It was a good life in school, and I had a good life in the military. I fear for young people today. They are not being taught anything important.

        • Alain

          No need to go back 120 years, because was the case in my lifetime and I am far from being 120 years old.

      • simus1

        Grade 13’s original orientation was to cover what were essentially most of the scholastic subjects in the first year of the Ontario Normal School’s usual two year curriculum thus getting a basic teaching certificate after only a bit more than one more year “in house” at teachers college learning much more and applying practical techniques.

        OISE started matastasiz ing in the late ’50s early ’60s.

        • Waffle

          Thanks for that. I was never really interested in teaching so I didn’t pay much attention to the qualifications required to get a certificate back in the day.

    • Clausewitz

      God forbid we challenge our children with literature that would make them think. Keep em stupid, keep em voting Liberal.

  • tom_billesley

    Mary Badham, the 9-year-old girl who played Scout (Jean Louise Finch) turned her back on tinseltown in 1966 when she was 15, and hasn’t appeared in any more movies except for a cameo role in 2005. Probably a wise move.

    • andycanuck

      We can probably guess why.

  • ontario john

    Its probably going to be replaced with Margaret Atwood’s crap.

    • Alain

      OMG! My kids were forced to read her rubbish in school and hated it. Even at their age they saw it for what it was.

  • andycanuck

    And Scout clearly needs a sex change to let out the little boy trapped in a girl’s body xhe is!

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    I can think of lots of good reasons to remove the book from the curriculum.
    It was not banned. You can still find it in the school library.
    Chief of all its anachronistic, filled with dated anti-white stereotypes, that very likely were rare to nonexistent outside of small pockets of rural southeastern America of the 1930’s, yet are pretended that they exist to this day everywhere.
    The book is little more than a blood libel against whites.
    If you think that’s not true, just imagine in your head the very same book, updated, with most of the gender and racial roles reversed, update the accusation to something serious but mostly unprovable, and people would howl that you have just released the sequel to “Mein Kampf”.
    Let’s see if I can’t flesh out that last idea just to show you what I mean.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s not a terribly ground breaking book. It’s ok for YA readers. And schools banned Mark Twain years ago. But it is funny that they won’t ban James Baldwin or Langston Huges who used the same language and covered the same themes.