Digital Harbor High School

Don't ban "Buck," Baltimore; book inspires students

Don't ban "Buck," Baltimore; book inspires students

Literature reflects reality, and reality isn’t always pretty. But that cannot and should not ever be a reason to shy away from raw, authentic literature. Children do not know everything about the world, but they are not stupid. They know a lot more than most people think. When we shy away from difficult language or conversations, we cripple young people for the future. Life is full of tough conversations, and what better way to approach them than through award-winning literature?

In five years of teaching “Buck” — a memoir written by M.K. Asante Jr., an associate professor at Morgan State University — to my freshmen at Digital Harbor High School, I have never had a complaint. I have...

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