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By burning Luthers books you may rid your bookshelves of him but you will not rid mens minds of him This quote by Desiderius Erasmus was said when the Roman Empire decided to burn all of Martin Luthers books including his famous Textus Receptus which was a German translation of the New Testament The Roman Empire did this because they did not want the people to learn about universal ideas and concepts The same is happening now in our current time in Muskogee Oklahoma Recently a panel of school officials has taken To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee off the freshmen reading list They stand by their decision saying We wish to develop a climate of mutual respect among all kids True the student body is 59 percent black but isnt doing this the same as what the Roman Emperor did almost 500 years ago Linda Campbell was brave enough to publish a news article going against the school boards decision by saying there decision was Over-protectionism that interferes with a schools duty to challenge students to think to discuss to understand In her news article she explains why To Kill a Mockingbird is considered a classic book and a mandatory book for high school curriculum First of all the story was a daring move on Lees part by demonstrating the cruelty of racial bias in the South at a time when the South was still struggling from desegregation Linda says that Not making it part of the curriculum deprives most students of the opportunity for in-depth study and guided discussion of the indelible characters universal themes and painful truths This is what the children of Muskogee are missing out on There are rarely any books in the high school curriculum which contain all these three important themes coexistence of good and evil importance of moral education and existence of inequality These themes are presented very well through the actions of Atticus maturing of
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