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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Parents Question Book in School

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Mom wants board to pull a Timothy Finlay book from the classrooms.

A Canadian novel, being taught in Bluewater Public Secondary Schools is being challenged.

Tiverton mother Carolyn Waddell is asking for a curriculum review.

The book in question is called The Wars written by Canadian author Timothy Findley.

Grade 12 students, including Carolyn Waddell's daughter, are being taught the book at Saugeen District Secondary School.

Waddell tells the Bluewater District Board of Education trustees the book contains graphic, detailed descriptions of violent and exploitive sexual encounters, content of which, she believes to be in violation of school board policy.

Waddell admits she has not sat in on a class taking up the book in question but she says her daughter has and she had quite a few concerns about how it was being taught.

Student senator on the board from SDSS, Nicola Bruce says she has studied the book as well and says students in Grade 12 are adults and there's no problem studying the graphic novel in a healthy classroom environment.

Bruce says she can't agree with Waddell.

Waddell says she's not calling for censorship.

She says she doesn't want books that do not follow board policy to be part of the curriculum.

Waddell is calling for a review of The Wars and wants the curriculum lists made public.


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