A parent is outraged by the choice of reading material taught at her son’s school and she’s asking the high school to remove The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger from the freshman English reading list.
This isn’t the first time this book has been challenged but what’s interesting to me is Mrs. Minnon’s comment about never having heard of the book. Huh? Who hasn’t heard of The Catcher in the Rye?
The parents researched the book online and decided that it contains immoral ideas that are inappropriate for the freshman curriculum. What century are they living in? Do they think teens have never heard swear words? Do they think their teen will never rebel if they just keep this book away from him?
Frankly, it just saddens me when people go on about banning books. I’m not a parent but I was the legal guardian of my teen cousin for a couple of years. Did I pay attention to what she read? You bet. But that didn’t stop me from letting her choose her books. On the contrary I encouraged her to make choices and ask questions. Just like my parents always encouraged me to read. Thank you for that mami and papi.