Required Readings Dana Washington, the mother of a student at Washington High School in Kansas City, KS, told school officials that she wants John Steinbeck's classic novel, Of Mice And Men , removed from the required reading list of books for schoolchildren. Washington objects to the "violent" and "profuse" use of the n-word in the book. What's next? The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ? To Kill A Mockingbird ? Heart of Darkness ? A school official says that although it wasn't a "pleasant part of our history," students still need to learn about it to "move forward in society." [UPI ]