It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Since this winter has been particularly brutal in many parts of the country, let's hope for an early lamb-like spring. While we're at it, let's also throw in some fun diversions along the way that might lift our spirits and warm our hearts. How about Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick's Day and March Madness to name a few? Happy Spring, and now the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll results for March:
Fourteen percent of our respondents think that it's a good idea and 19 percent don't know how they feel about it. However, nearly two-thirds of Americans think that it would be a bad idea to edit out all references to the N-word in "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and replace it with the word "slave." Explaining Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens') mindset, which was formed while growing up in mid-nineteenth century Midwestern America, might be a challenge. He used those experiences to write this American classic, and giving them historic context to young readers should be an example of what teaching is all about. It appears that this issue has provided students and teachers with a great opportunity for a teachable moment and a strong majority of Americans seem to agree.
Check out the Vanity Fair slideshow.
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