The Toronto public school board is currently reviewing the suitability of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale for use in high school English classes, according to a report in the Toronto Star. The review was instigated by a complaint from a parent.
While the board would not discuss the nature of the concern over the 1985 dystopian novel that is used nationwide “ described by some educators as a staple of its genre “ a source said it was believed to be over sexuality and criticism of religious fundamentalism.
According to board policy, it is obliged to investigate any complaint about a book that can’t be resolved at the school level. The process involves a committee of roughly eight experts and a community member, and it is time-consuming.
The review committee meets tomorrow at Lawrence Park Collegiate, where the complaint originated.