Vignettes from the Land of Liberty

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High School Creative Writing teacher suspended for using "Freedom Writers  Diary" as textbook.

"Unapproved" book cited for including "swear words".

Connie Heermann of Perry Meridan High School was placed on administrative leave after she assigned "The Freedom Writers Diary," a collection of at-risk teenagers' essays containing swear words and sexual overtones, to her 11th-grade English students in November.The school district says Heermann assigned the book before administrators could answer her request for permission to use it. Heermann, however, says she tried unsuccessfully for months to get the answer, and she assigned the book only after she received permission from the students' parents and positive signs -- though no expressed approval -- from two superiors.

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This page contains a single entry by Phil Leggiere published on January 23, 2008 9:44 PM.

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