Controversial Education In Mark Twain's The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

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In 1998, McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona assigned students to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The book has long been regarded as a controversial novel, and each generation that comes upon it has found something that rubs against the current societal norms. The mother of a student at McClintock took serious offense to the use of the word, “nigger” throughout the book and protested that it be banned due to the racial discrimination (Source I). Huck Finn is just one of the many pieces of literature that have been labelled “challenging,” and many feel that they do not deserve a place in schools’ curriculum. However, the study of challenging literature introduces students to new ideas and lessons that they can apply both inside and outside the classroom. Controversial literature teaches children how to handle the outside world. The controversies present in writing teaches students to how to analyze both sides of an argument and form their own opinions. In the PBS documentary, “Culture Shock,” a variety of people are asked to express their opinions on the controversial language present in the novel. While some argue that the novel causes extreme hurt to children, many others said that the book was crucial to education (Source I). Both sides had ideas and examples of why they were correct, they were able to form these opinions by real exposure to a challenging novel. Schools should be a place where kids are allowed access to the whole truth and

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