Sunday, September 26, 2010

Banned Book Week: The Stockton School Board won't let you read this...

You'd be surprised to discover that book banning does still exist in the United States. It's horrendous & stupid, but it does happen.

Earlier this year the Stockton School Board in Missouri got a call from a parent who decided that he didn't want his elementary school kids to read the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Why? Because there's mention of masturbation in the book & he didn't think his kids should read it.

Fair enough, but this man wasn't complaining about a book that his kids absolutely had to read. They could choose another book if they or the parents didn't like the content. But this guy wasn't content with that. He wanted the book removed from the library altogether.

And guess what? They banned it. Despite the ALA's attempts to persuade the school board otherwise, they recently decided to uphold their ban of this book in their school system. All because one man didn't want to explain to his children about masturbation & didn't want anyone else to have to do it either. He removed their freedom of choice.

So if you happen to live in this area & send your kids to one of the schools in this system you should buy your child a copy of this book & tell them to read it while in school.

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