Any classroom teacher can request a free audiobook of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by using the form at the end of this article.
Once again, this master work by Mark Twain, has been removed from the curriculum.
This time, The Friends’ Central School, just outside Philadelphia, decided to censor this piece of American history because of its “use of the N-word.”
We think we know how the author himself might respond…
“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” — Mark Twain
We aren’t defending hateful or offensive speech. Our issue is with the sanitizing of history. If we don’t show the past, warts and all, we can’t expect the students of today to ever learn from society’s mistakes.
With only a censored notion of the past, as Hetert-Qebu Walters said in her 2011 article, “these types of teachable moments are going to be lost.”
Looking for guidance on how to use this audiobook with your class? Take a look at Steven Jay Cohen’s Audiobooks in the Classroom: A Field Guide.
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