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By David Pan 

Mukilteo School District committee recommends the classic be pulled as required reading

School Board will make the final decision on the acclaimed novel


Last updated 12/15/2021 at 11:21am

The fate of Harper Lee's acclaimed book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," as the only required novel taught in the ninth grade now rests with the Mukilteo School Board.

In response to a formal request to reconsider the district's curriculum by three high school teachers, the Instructional Materials Committee voted to recommend that "To Kill a Mockingbird" be removed from the ninth grade English Language Arts curriculum.

Kamiak English teachers Riley Gaggero and Verena Kuzmany, as well as Mukilteo Virtual Academy English teacher Rachel Johnson, submitted the request.

The vote – which was anonymou...

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Reader Comments(2)

EditorSp writes:

The planters have been replaced. But as far as the case goes, there are no new updates. Apparently, there were no witnesses to the accident, who could provide details on suspects or the offending vehicle.

Garret Janney writes:

Suggesting that To Kill A Mockingbird centers on whiteness and is not culturally relevant is an absurd position, particularly from professional educators. Given the context of the novel and the era in which it was written, it is profoundly relevant. Students should understand the when and the why, in order to better grasp our country's history and the complexity of race. If that is no longer relevant in our educational curriculum, they perhaps scrap history altogether.


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