Watauga County Upholds the Freedom to Read!
Since October 2013 Watauga County has facing a controversial ‘book challenge’ requiring three hearings to determine whether or not to retain Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” in the Watauga High School honors English curriculum. On February 27, 2014 the final decision was made to keep the book in the curriculum in a 3 to 2 vote by the Watauga County Board of Education.
This link has thorough coverage of the final hearing including final hearing audio files, and a series of links to 16 earlier articles on this issue. The testimony of teacher Mary Kent Whitaker is a compelling explanation of why it is appropriate and in fact important to teach this particular book to her classes.
The ACLU-NC traveled to Boone yesterday for a news conference on the issue in collaboration with students, teachers, and families; and today released a statement applauding the BoE for supporting the freedom to read. During the event, Isabel Allende spoke via this video directly to Watauga County.