“Banning” is an inaccurate term. If No Left Turn placed a list of books on the website and said they should be “banned”, I would insist that be taken down. Reasonable parents are pointing to books rife with unneccessarily graphic and repetetive sexual and violent content. Reasonable parents would like their public k-12 schools to have a standard that elevates and inspires debate and scholarship. Having an age-appropriate “standard” for public schools is not equivalent to “banning”. The books can still. be sold, downloaded and available in non-school libraries.
LISTS! While I don’t love the idea of lists, there has been an overwhelming influx of anti-intellectual and activist books published under the name of “diversity” or “the marginalized”. Schools and librarians have been deliberately deceptive with this material. Parents should be alerted to books they may consider inappropriate for their child. It empowers the parent, educates them, and elevates transparency. Organizations should assist parents in helping to identify books they may want to know that their child is reading. The schools certainly aren’t doing it. And if the books are so incredibly important, no one should have a problem with that–not even Mr. Reich.
Speaking of banning, I recently wrote an op-ed about the Orange County NC decision to keep some of the mentioned books in circulation. In researching this issue, I found that Orange County lacked multiple minority/LGBTQ authors: Robert Woodson, Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, Dave Rubin among others. If Mr. Reich and others are going to comment on “banning books” should he at least look into the lack of viewpoint diversity available in these school libraries? Let’s see what books have really been suppressed by the “experts”.
Mr. Reich mentions Out of Darkness. It does not appear he read it. If he had he would understand why parents have concerns–at least I would hope he would. Of course he does admit to never having read The Great Gatsby either–it was never banned so his interest was apparently nil. He should read those books, and perhaps then he could understand the difference.
Posts Submitted By
Nancy Andersen, MD
Nancy Andersen, MD lives in North Carolina. After receiving her Board Certification in General Surgery, she elected to stay at home with her children. Because of this decision, she witnessed first hand the attempts of far-Left ideological indoctrination in her children's private elementary school. Since that experience, she has been studying and writing about the anti-intellectual and activist movements appearing in k-12 education. As chapter head for North Carolina's No Left Turn in Education she brings these issues to light on both local and state levels.