Ever since schools sent children home for school during the COVID lockdowns, parents have had a front row seat to what their children are learning. Many teachers have always said that they want more parents to get involved. Now they are.

In a movement that is infuriating the left, parents are telling schools that some books and other materials have no business in schools. The communists are calling it “book banning,” but I don’t think it is. Banning a book isn’t the same as picking a more suitable one.

No one (except the left) is saying you can’t say or write whatever you wish. That doesn’t mean that school libraries need to buy what you write using taxpayer funds. There are millions of books that have been written, but even a well stocked library only has 15 to 20 thousand books. So are the other books banned? Of course not.

A school district that chooses to use the 3rd Edition of a biology book isn’t banning the 2nd edition. Some books are appropriate, while others are not. Parents who don’t want their 12 year old child reading books about 11 year old homosexual prostitutes are well within their rights to demand the removal of those books from the school library.

The reply from the left is that kids are getting the material from their cell phones anyway. I agree, but that opens a completely different debate on nanny software and the responsibility that parents have to monitor and limit their child’s access to the Internet.

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Jonathan · February 11, 2022 at 10:33 am

Agreed. A ban would be a government body saying it was illegal to sell the book in their jurisdiction.
I notice that the most banned book in the world is never on librarians banned book list – the Bible.

joe · February 11, 2022 at 12:17 pm

it’s all about indoctrination… apparently there are 2 sets of books for whoever may in charge of the state at any given time… for the perma-blue states I would bet that all the schools use the schoolbooks that lean left and the red states use the books that lean right… at least here in Texas, because I’ve seen headlines where they fight about it… I’m at the point with some news is so damn stupid I won’t even click on it… if schools don’t want to “ban” certain books, they should be kept under the counter at the library and require parental consent… that way if my kid wants to read I know they are reading it and we can discuss it….

Will · February 11, 2022 at 2:18 pm

Glad I never had any of the little bastards to worry about. Wife and I agree, if we had any they would hate our guts.

Therefore · February 11, 2022 at 4:31 pm

When we talk about books in schools they cube under a number of different categories.

There are text books and assigned reading.

Absolutely parents should have input on what text books are used and which are required reading. Putting “Jimmy has two moms” on the required reading might be something to be discussed and maybe moved to an age appropriate level.

Even if it is not assigned but one of a list it is a discussion point.

Then there are books in the school library. Again patent input.

If a parent wants their kid to read smut, then let them buy it for their kid. I don’t want my school buying it.

Part of the reason is that often students are sent to the school library and required to pick out a book to read.

Finally there are the actual bans. Where the school can’t have them, you aren’t allowed to buy them at the store and no library will carry it

Billy Bob in Texas · February 11, 2022 at 8:56 pm

“Government schools” are nothing but baby sitting indoctrination centers for leftist commies to turn your kids into America hating racists with purple hair with gender confusion who experiment with homosexual behavior. My grandkids will be home schooled come hell or high water.

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