An Indiana teacher who used a much lauded bestseller, The Freedom Writers Diary, to try to inspire under-performing high-school students has been suspended from her job without pay for 18 months.
The effective book ban by the school authorities in Perry Township has outraged teachers and education reformers.
The Writers Diary, a series of true stories written by inner-city teenagers, was put together by a teacher, Erin Gruwell, and has been celebrated as a model for transforming young lives. It was made into a film with Hilary Swank last year. (whole story)
What I wonder is... who makes these decisions? These are the same people who want us to read "anti-Christian" Catcher in the Rye, right? Or 1984, about a Communist super-government with snippets of some explicit sexual material. Or the Bible's Song of Songs/Solomon - not for those who blush. Or, most ironically of all, Fahrenheit 451 - a book about censorship. They do realize people swear in the real world, right?
I've decided to go ahead and take this blog completely toward politics/economy. It's all I talk about anyway. Remember, you can email me at randy [at] circularlife [dot] com or use the chat box in the lower right.