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They're still doing it. In February of...


They're still doing it. In February of 1994, "A Thousand Acres," by Jane Smiley and winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, was abruptly taken off the advanced-placement English class' reading list at Lynden High School in Washington State. A year later it is still off. According to Principal Ken Axelson, the school's Board of Directors and the Curriculum Advisory Committee reviewed the book in response to parental complaints about its being "stimulating and titillating." Neither board found the book titillating enough to officially ban. What they did instead was to pressure the principal and the English teacher teaching it to simply take the book off the reading list. The principal originally approved the book for this class. Now he says the book is a good one but that its educational value was lost in the uproar.

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