Education: Rye on the Rocks

After scanning a single page of J. D. Salinger's 1951 The Catcher in the Rye, the most avidly admired novel on modern American campuses, Tulsa's School Superintendent Charles C. Mason had one comment: "Shocking!" Mason was jarred when eight angry parents shoved the book under his nose and bitterly complained that English Teacher Beatrice Levin had assigned it to their 16-year-olds at Edison High School. The parents were not taken with Novelist Salinger's 16-year-old hero, a sensitive boy named Holden Caulfield who goes underground for 48 hours in Manhattan to escape insensitive...

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