January 22, 2022

Minnesota: Alexandria School District Pulls Two Books From Program

From the Alexandria Echo:

In response to complaints about books some eighth-graders read as part of a language arts unit this year, Assistant Superintendent Rick Sansted announced at Monday night’s Alexandria School Board meeting that parents will be part of a committee to review book selections in the future.

Two of the six books that were met with objections from a group of parents — “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” and “Sold” — will no longer be offered to students, he said.

“Clearly we learned a lot. We made some poor choices on texts,” Sansted said. “The language in those texts do not fit what we value in our community.”

The other four books cited by the parents’ group will be reviewed by June 30.

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Note: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda won the William C. Morris Award from YALSA/ALA in 2016.

See Also: WorldCat Record for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

See Also: WorldCat Record for Sold

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