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Shakespeare Banned In Arizona Schools

Is this a tempest in a teapot?

 

 William Shakespeare's play The Tempest was banned by Arizona as part of an ousted Mexican-American ethnic studies program

Banned: William Shakespeare's play The Tempest was banned by Arizona as part of an ousted Mexican-American ethnic studies program

 

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Shakespeare work axed in Arizona schools as law bans 'ethnic studies'

By NINA GOLGOWSKI

 

William Shakespeare's The Tempest is among a list of banned books in the state of Arizona by a resolution aimed at curbing resentment, government overthrow and ethnic distinction and separation in any district or charter school's curriculum. 

The Tuscon Unifed School District has announced they will end their 13-year Mexican American Studies Program after found in violation of the June resolution that bans the books during a court appeal this past December.

If the ruling was not followed by the district they faced a multimillion-dollar penalty in state funds.

 

The district had first appealed the June 15, 2011 ruling by Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal to cut the program using the books but it was rejected by an Arizona administrative law judge on December 27, 2011.

 

That resulted in the first planned cut of $5 million to the district's February allotment, according to Arizona Department of Education spokesperson Ryan Ducharme, speaking to the LA Times.

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087667/Shakespeares-The-Tempest-banned-Arizona-schools-law-bans-ethnic-studies.html#ixzz1jvHL8N2L 

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How/why do Shakespeare's

How/why do Shakespeare's writings (The Tempest or otherwise) conceivably fall under the heading of "ethnic studies"?  Othello or a focus on Caliban as ethnic? Sort of like a Procrustean bed for literature!  Wonders never cease in the strange world of political correctness.  I guess one could say this is a tempest about The Tempest!

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