Arizona Ethnic Study Ban Includes Works by Shakespeare
Two years ago, Arizona instituted a law banning ethnic studies, a move that made headlines and ruffled many feathers in the world of education. According to a report at the Wall Street Journal, one high school teacher recently discovered that the ban includes “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. The teacher had requested to begin teaching from the work but was told he would not be able to do so.
However, Shakespeare was not the only author on the chopping block of the ethnic studies ban. Other works like "Rethinking Columbus," "Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" have also been banned, despite their use in classrooms for decades as fact-based textbooks, according to Salon.
As long as there are books to be read, there will be someone attempting to ban titles of literature from the eyes of students. However, hopefully, the great works of literature will keep their rightful place on the shelves of high schools in America, even if they spark controversial debate.