Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board member Leslie Pinney is leading a push to get seven books bumped from required reading lists next year, saying they are littered with lewd language and graphic sexual references inappropriate for teens.
Among those she says should go: the Vietnam war piece ‘The Things They Carried,’ Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five,’ Kate Chopin’s 1899 ‘The Awakening,’ about a woman exploring her sexuality, and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ described as a modern-day ‘Catcher in the Rye.’
Pinney also is targeting Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved,’ the best-seller ‘Freakonomics’ and ‘The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World,’ a non-fiction work that examines the relationship between humans and plants – using marijuana as one example.
Pinney has not read any of the books, and ‘I don’t know if I would want to,’ she says.
(Via Daily Herald.)