'Huck Finn' Back In School With Conditions





MANCHESTER, Conn. -- Instead of dropping "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from its reading list, the Manchester school system has decided to hold seminars for teachers on how to deal with issues of race before bringing the book back to classrooms.The goal of the seminars is to put the book into perspective and create a dialogue on race, white privilege, satire and stereotyping, which were also issues when Twain published it in 1885."It does provide a very good platform to talk about racial issues and to actually without me going into detail as to where Twain was in chapter 4 or chapter 12," said Assistant Superintendent Anne Richardson. "It really provides a good opportunity to have a conversation about race."The book will be back in classes next month after teachers complete a series of seminars, which will put the novel into the context of the time in which it was written.

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