Thursday, April 14

Another hard case

Damn, what's this world coming to when a First Amendment absolutist like me hears about a parent who wants his kid's school to get rid of a library book and I kinda see his point?

My problem is this: if an 8th grade class were offered extra credit for reading a book that uses wildly inaccurate stereotype to favor a Christian point of view and denigrate other spiritual traditions, the opinions of the 8th graders themselves would carry some weight. Junior high schoolers can be expected to have a reasonably developed bullshit detector.

Now that the ball is rolling, I wonder if there's some way to make this a "teachable moment". If I were teaching English at a local high school, I'd be trying to borrow that book. Then I would no doubt get my ass fired.


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