Robert Edwards says if students repeated some of the words from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in the school halls, they'd be suspended, so he questions why it is okay in the classroom.
And what about the foul language, the anti-Christian overtones, the
violence and sexual degradation, asks the parent who launched a formal
complaint about the Canadian novel. Don't they violate the Toronto
board's policies of respect and tolerance?
"If you look at the board's policies, it goes to these great lengths to talk about
respect and not using profane language, and in fact so do the policies
at Lawrence Park Collegiate," where Edwards' 17-year-old son was
studying the book in his Grade 12 English class.
"The board is adamant about those policies, but then puts books like this in place."