Here’s a scary story I just read on a discussion forum:
This past weekend we went to visit the Betsy-Tacy historical sites. During our visit another mother mentioned their public school system had “purged” the libraries of books which were not published within the past 10 years. When parents questioned the decision, the school administrators stated “Out of date books aka the classics are not relevant to our society/world. Therefore the students will not be exposed to them during classroom time or have them assigned reading.” The mother went on to say her 10 yo daughter was assigned to do a book report/presentation for her language arts class. The daughter chose Maude Hart Lovelace’s book, “Betsy-Tacy.” The 10 yo was reprimanded by the teacher for choosing an “out of date book” and received a low grade because she had not chosen “current literature” for her report/presentation. Sad.
It’s rather bizarre to me. And kinda sick and self-centered. Imagine only reading literature written in your short lifetime. Nothing outside your time period on this planet is of value. Does this school not teach history? Maybe they don’t. History isn’t relevant, is it? This school not only will not allow “old” books during class time or assigned reading, but they have purged the library of them so that a child isn’t even able to see one and check it out and read in his free time. Bordering on censorship, don’t you think? Talk about banned books!