January 28, 2022

Texas: Highland Park Independent School District Says Six Books Will Require Parental Permission

From the Dallas Morning News:

Highland Park ISD officials released a list of six books Friday that require parental permission for students to read them for class.

They are The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler.

For years, Highland Park High School teachers have sent home permission slips for certain books. But the practice is attracting greater scrutiny as parents and community members debate whether some books are too mature for teenage students.


Last week, teachers sent home a permission slip listing three classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. The books are literature choices for 11th-grade Advanced Placement English students, who elect to take the college-level course.

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