A group of teachers has rebelled against the decision by a Burbank California school district to ban a list of classic literary works tagged as “racist” by local thought police.
“Think cancel culture,” writes former Burbank teacher Brian Crosby in a collection of responses published in the Los Angeles Times on November 19. “The texts of these books teach anti-racism, decency and empathy” and these “literary treasures” ought to remain as teaching tools for educators.
As Breitbart News reported last week, middle and high school English teachers in the Burbank Unified School District have been forbidden from including on their curriculum Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, and Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
“The Burbank Unified School District has taken an anti-education stance in halting the teaching of the classic books due to their perceived racism,” writes Mr. Crosby.
“I taught To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men for most of my 31-year career as a high school English teacher,” Crosby states. “These books were often the favorites of my students.” Read more…