Before I do, I want to say how thankful I am that I am living and teaching in a country that does not censor the literature that educators choose to use in their classrooms. I never realized how FREEING this concept was until I was able to actually experience it myself upon moving to Denmark.
I LOVE BOOKS and I LOVE TO READ. Ask my parents how many times I was scolded for reading at the dinner table, reading after "lights out" in my room, reading in church when I was supposed to be listening to the sermon, etc, etc... In fact (although my mom denies it), I was actually grounded once from books (they wanted to get me where it hurt! LOL!
The fact that we even have a BANNED BOOKS WEEK in the US is a statement that says so many things... so many very sad things....things that break my heart.
Censoring and/or banning books in public schools means that there will be adults who have never met folks like Celie, Huck Finn, Billy Pilgrim or Jay Gatsby . And that bothers me.
So what FORBIDDEN literature are the students in Kelli Nørgaard's English classes exposed to? Here are just a few.....
When students leave my class, they will leave with so many new acquaintances than they had before they entered. They will have cheered on folks like Ma and Tom Joad while they became exasperated with Holden Caufield. But they will also strive to do the right thing just like Atticus Finch taught them. They will remember the friendship of George and Lennie and the leadership efforts of Ralph and Jack.... but most importantly they will KNOW that literature can truly change them as people....
Books add so much to our lives.
And I hope and pray that someday teachers in the US can experience the freedoms that we are blessed with in Denmark.