November 22, 2017

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Parent Vows Board of Ed Appeal after NC High School Retains ‘House of the Spirits’

The parent who objected to the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits in North Carolina’s Watauga High School vows she will appeal the decision of a school advisory committee, who voted unanimously last week to retain the book. Notably, however, the parent also says that the book should not be banned, only that it should not be required reading for students at the high school.

Advocacy Group Urges NC School Board to Retain Allende’s ‘House of the Spirits’

The People for the American Way Foundation (PFAW), a progressive advocacy and freedom of speech organization, have sent a letter to the Watauga County (NC) Board of Education urging it to retain the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits in the school’s English curriculum. The award-winning novel has been challenged by a parent, who is asking the board to consider its removal from the district.

Allende’s ‘House of the Spirits’ Challenged in NC High School

A parent at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina, has challenged the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits (Knopf, 1982) in the school’s English curriculum and is asking the Board of Education to consider its removal from the district, local newspaper the Watauga Democrat has reported.