Ohio Board of Ed president wants Toni Morrison novel scrubbed from state Common Core materials

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

The novel tells the story of a young black girl living in Lorain, Ohio, who dreams of having blue eyes so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as white children.

The book has become a target for some critics of the Common Core, a new set of academic standards for math and English that Ohio and 44 other states have adopted, because it describes scenes in which the girl’s father rapes her.

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