Changing Huck Finn? BU Education Dean Weighs-in

January 19th, 2011

a href=”http://www.bu.edu/sed/about-us/faculty/hardin-coleman/” target=”_blank”>Hardin Coleman, Dean of the Boston University School of Education (SED), offers his take on the new edition of Huckleberry Finn being published in February that removes the 219 references to the n-word.

Will this change make the book more accessible to teachers and students in the classroom or is altering Twain’s work censorship? Dr. Coleman thinks changing the book is “disturbing from the level of intellectual honesty” and that “sugar coating” the book does not allow for growth and change when it comes to issues of race and discrimination.

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