Plymouth-Canton to keep 'Beloved' in AP English curriculum

Committee hears parents' complaint but decides to keep Toni Morrison novel

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Plymouth-Canton Community Schools announced Friday that despite a complaint by parents about the book "Bleoved," by Toni Morrison, will remain in the AP English curriculum.

The school district sa complaint review committee was asked to determine if the novel should be removed from the curriculum after parents Matt and Barbara Dame filed an official complaint.

The Dames wanted the book removed from the curriculum because they thought it was too much for high school students to retain.

The committee met on Jan 11 to hear the parents' complain. The committee met on Tuesday to deliberate.

They used the following criteria to determine if the book should still be taught in high school classes.

1. The appropriateness of the material for the age and maturity level of the students with whom it is being used
2. The accuracy of the material
3. The objectivity of the material
4. The necessity of using the material in light of the curriculum

Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Hughes supported the committee's recomendation to keep the novel in the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park's AP English course.

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