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Thursday, December 3, 2009
STOP CENSORING TEACHERS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET STUDENTS INTERESTED IN READING.
Pardon my yelling, but this really makes me sick.
Why is this so hard for some people to understand? If teachers are adding books to a curriculum in an attempt to interest their students in reading, the complaints of a few narrow-minded parents should in no way dictate the curriculum of the entire class.
At the high school age, students should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they want to read something. If their parents are still unhappy with the subject matter, the teacher should offer alternative titles to the student.
However, a few parents should never have this level of control over an entire group of students whose lives they otherwise never influence. It's stupid, it's wrong and it's censorship.
Stop doing it.
School systems have to stop bending over backwards to accommodate whiny parents who want to restrict students' access to information. If they don't want their child reading it, fine -home school them. Get them put in another school or class. Ensure that there are other ways the student can meet the basic requirements of the class. Maybe...ask the kid if they want to read it. But stop, stop, STOP interfering with teachers' work.
If you are not the child's parent, you have no place saying what that child can read or can't read.
Just because you pay taxes to the school doesn't mean you have the right to dictate what goes on -all the parents of all the other students who go there pay taxes too.
Schools cannot continue forcing teachers to censor the material they present to classrooms based on a few people who feel it's "inappropriate."