By a vote of 4-0, the Republic [Missouri] Board of Education yanked Vonnegut’s anti-war classic “Slaughterhouse-Five” and another novel from the high school curriculum and library.
As a kid, I read just about every thing Vonnegut wrote. So were he still alive, I imagine the author would be rolling his eyes at the thought that his 1969 book about young men dying for a cause they couldn’t fathom — its subtitle is “The Children’s Crusade” — was deemed unfit for young eyes in 2011. [...]
I can’t speak for the other book banned in Republic on Monday night, “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler, because I go by a higher standard than most book banners.
I read them before pronouncing judgment, rather than rely on a group like Parents Against Bad Books in School to guide me to “the dirty parts.”
However, what Superintendent Vern Minor said about “Slaughterhouse-Five” is true.
“The language is really, really intense,” he told the Springfield News-Leader.
But take it from a parent of a 16-year-old. You’ll hear worse on your kid’s iPod.
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