Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' Barred from Arizona Public Schools

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Two years ago, Arizona made headlines with its ban on ethnic studies in the state’s schools, and the Tucson school district in particular was under the spotlight for its Mexican-American Studies Program.

Turns out the ban also includes William Shakespeare’s The Temptest — about a banished duke who seeks revenge through magic. Arizona’s new law prohibits courses and classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

The Tucson Unified School District will end its 13-year Mexican-American program, after a judge in December found it to be in violation of the law. The district plans to clear the books from all classrooms, box them up and store them in a depository, Salon reported.

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