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Letter: The right to read

I will be a freshmen next year and will hopefully be assigned the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.

I know that there has been some controversy over this book, but I have the right to read it.

Some people believe that one paragraph is too “inappropriate” for freshmen to be exposed to, but it could be a valuable learning experience.

I do believe that a letter to the parents of students should be sent letting them know that the class is reading the book, however, the book should not be banned from the curriculum. Some protesters of the book say that we should stick to the classics, but look at The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which is undoubtedly a classic. This book has a much more mature subject at hand throughout the entire book than in the single paragraph in Nineteen Minutes.

The book should most definitely stay within the curriculum of Gilford High School.



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