I am looking for some feedback since I am considering using Tom Sawyer as a classroom novel this year. My concern is whether material in the book would be considered offensive or politically incorrect in today's society.
Hello from Hannibal, Missouri, home of Samuel Clemens and author of the book in mention. Now let's see, if we only read literature politically correct for today's society, then we are losing an incredible amount of historical significance, aren't we? Mr. Clemens' work is still read around the world. On a recent trip to Taiwan, I was surprised at all of the questions I was asked about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and days of the riverboats. Kids are very attracted to the story of Tom Sawyer and there are many many lesson to be taught from the social context, character portraits, and so on. As a teacher, we have the opportunity to immerse our students in meaningful literature. Let them decide.