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Why does Ohio's school board chief want to drop Toni Morrison's book from suggested reading lists?
Debbie Terhar doesn't want a perception that the tough examination of race and rape is endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education
by WKSU's MOLLY BLOOM


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Lorain native and Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison's first novel, "Bluest Eye," examines a young black girl trying to fit into a white world.
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Does a graphic description of rape and incest belong in high-school reading materials?

That’s a question raised by Ohio’s Board of Education president this month when she suggested that a novel by Lorain native and Nobel-Prize winner Toni Morrison be dropped from a reading list compiled for the Common Core. That's the new set of education standards Ohio has adopted along with most other states.

State Board President Debe Terhar called the book, "Bluest Eye" pornographic. For Ohio Public Radio, ideastream's Executive Editor David Molpus talked with StateImpact Ohio reporter Molly Bloom about the controversy.

LISTEN: Bloom on what the controversy is about

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