Texas School Requires Permission Slips to Read Book on Poverty

By Dianna Dilworth 

Teachers that want to teach David K. Shipler’s “The Working Poor: Invisible in America, in the Highland Park school district in Texas have to get permission from student’s parents.

The book is one of five titles requiring permission slips from the district. One parent called said that the book was not a “great work of literature or an example of rich writing.” The replacement books that she proposed included: Ayn Rand’s We the Living, Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust, and Ben Carson’s America the Beautiful.

The Los Angeles Times has more: “Shipler’s book, which is being taught in an advanced placement class for high school juniors, will be reviewed by a committee including school staff, students and parents, and will remain in use until then.”