Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A good way to get kids interested in reading a book...

...is to make a stink about it and remove it from the school library. Here's the article, and one of the scary things is, this is a local school, down the road from us in the Tacoma area.

Another scary thing is the precedent their reasoning sets. If the real reason that the district removed The Geography Club was because a character meets someone from a chat room, then what other books should be removed for also promoting risky behavior that schools don't want students to copy? Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer? The Outsiders? Catcher in the Rye? I'm sure we can all think of all kinds of other books that should be, by that spurious logic, removed.

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