The decision to pull all of the yearbooks smacks of viewpoint discrimination. Justice William Brennan in his dissent on Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier warned that the decision to protect students from controversial or sensitive topics is actually “camouflage” for viewpoint discrimination: “Even in its capacity as educator the State may not assume an Orwellian ‘guardianship of the public mind.”
Bold, rainbow-colored words take up the back cover of Alex Gino’s George: “Be Who You Are.”
Although the back cover of ‘Big Hard Sex Criminals’ boasts in shiny letters ‘for mature readers, duh,’ this graphic novel is listed as No. 7 on the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list.
In ‘Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread,’ Chuck Palahniuk supplies 21 short stories and one novella that ‘disturbs and delights in equal measure,’ according to the publisher. It’s the ‘disturbing’ parts that some library patrons thought no one should read.
On Feb. 21, PBS premiered ‘And Still I Rise,’ a documentary on the life of Maya Angelou. Using mostly archival footage and interviews with the author herself, it is an opportunity to learn about the author’s life largely in her own words, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, through her years in New York and Ghana, up to her death in 2014.
Art and books are supposed to challenge us, broaden our horizon, and help us empathize with others. When the publishing industry conforms to selected groups’ ideals, they do us all a disservice.
On March 21, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC) chose to voluntarily pull Jacob’s New Dress from a lesson on anti-bullying because Republican legislators in the state’s General Assembly were up in arms … Why this abrupt decision and interest by the General Assembly? It’s a simple answer: HB2.
OIF condemns the attempt to silence the scientific community. The people pay for the EPA, and are entitled to hear from it, unfiltered by the biases of the current administration.
Far more than just “keepers of the printed book” (our original job description), we are now, perhaps more than ever, guardians of our teens’ emotional as well as intellectual needs. A large part of our job responsibility is to provide a safe space, a blanket of warmth and comfort, a plethora of intellectual and emotional resources to the young adults we serve.
One of the hardest things about censorship is that it can come from a good place — an urge to protect or shield someone from something “bad.”