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Banned author criticizes decision
The original article may be found here
This article, which appeared in the DailyComet, Lafourche parish, Louisiana on Friday October 17th, discusses reaction of a books' author to the banning of his book titled “Black Hawk Down”, which was used as the basis of the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. The book was assigned to a 10th grade class, and a parent objected to the strong language used in some of the combat situations, the principle agreed and banned the book. The author commented in this article that he felt censorship always backfires and hence that there is little point in contesting the book. It offers an interesting look at this unfortunately common situation from the viewpoint of an author.
It is important to note that in this case there is a written policy in place for parent who feel that their children should not be exposed to certain material. This policy states that the principle has the first authority of rejection of material, and if they approve the material the parents may make an appeal. If they decide that the material should be banned, it falls to the instructor to begin the appeal process
Further Reading on this subject:
Author Chris Crutcher explains why he considered it an honor to be banned during Banned Books Week.
He writes, "Earlier this week, I got a letter from Mark Rogers, geographic location undisclosed. In honor of BANNED BOOKS WEEK, I thought I'd post my response here. "
Crutcher is the author of many realistic novels including The Deep End, 1991; Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, 1993; Ironman, 1995; Whale Talk, 2001; King of the Mild Frontier, 2003; The Sledding Hill, 2005.
Maybe you've seen those Dove ads that are attempting to teach young girls about real beauty in the current atmosphere of skinny models, skimpy clothes, trashy talk and racy behavior?
Well author Addie Swartz felt that something too was lacking in terms of books for pre-teen girls and so she started her series "The Beacon Street Girls" as an alternative to series like "Clique" and "Gossip Girl".
The stories, which revolve around five middle-school girls in Brookline, MA, are shaped by leading experts in adolescent development, with the goal of helping girls build self-esteem and coping skills. Topics include the problems of an overweight girl and cyber bullying. This month the series will launch its latest book, “Green Algae and Bubblegum Wars,” a novel aimed at encouraging girls in science. The book is the result of a collaboration with Sally Ride, an astronaut who was the first American woman to orbit Earth.
More about the series from the Science section of today's New York Times.
Award-winning Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski recently spoke at the Olathe Public Library for Banned Books Week. He has just posted the text of his remarks on his blog. An excerpt:
I still remember how I felt when I was officially old enough to walk to the library by myself. I was 8 or 9 years old, I guess. It seemed like my first moment of freedom. I would go to the library, I don’t know, once a week or so. Maybe not quite that often. Maybe two or three times a month. I loved going to the library. I still love libraries … I wrote much of my first book in a library and most of what I’ve written in my second book* I wrote in the library. I just like the vibe in libraries, the musty smell, the out-of-date books, the ultra-helpful librarians, the way people will generally respect the “quiet in the library” theme, the charming fact that they are still clinging to the Dewey Decimal System. I find that inspiring, really.
A group of students stood silent in the Galesburg High School learning resource center Tuesday morning, tape on their eyes and mouths. In celebration of Banned Books Week, Monday through Friday, GHS media specialist Becky Robinson constructed a banned books display in the LRC and invited civics, government and language arts classes to the library for some instruction on censorship. Some of the books students found in the display were surprising.
Via the "Kept up Academic Librarian" comes this posting on a report that calls for the reform of Federal Student Aid.
A group of college financial aid policy experts is calling for a sweeping overhaul of the federal student aid system, including eliminating the federal application for financial aid and helping low-income parents save for their children's education at an early age.
Some interesting ideas mentioned.
One of America's largest distributors of books to schools has stopped listing Bratz books, after a campaign from parents saying the characters contributed to the sexualisation of children. The Bratz books are a spin-off from MGA Entertainment's line of Bratz dolls, which variously wear miniskirts, fishnet stockings, bikinis and feather boas.
You will need these. And you will need multiple copies of them.
1970s - Brady Bunch
1980s - Fame
1990s - Beverly Hills 90210
today - The Hills
They will be published by HarperCollins and will be titled "L.A. Candy." Read about it here.
Buy early and buy often folks. The sullen and embarrassed set (the women, leastways) will be clamoring for them like they were cigarettes and candy-flavored malt beverages.
Weeded books from the Mamaroneck Library found a new home thanks to Eagle Scout Benjamin Bernstein.
Bernstein and about 20 of his friends and family members donated about 3,000 books to the Hispanic Resource Center. The donation is a part of Bernstein's Eagle Scout Service project, which will distribute almost 10,000 cast-off books from the Mamaroneck library to various organizations throughout the community. Bernstein is a volunteer at the library.
The library was trying to figure out a way to put 10,000 outdated books to use as it prepares to break ground on a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion project next month.
Another day, another outraged parent, this time She's in Oklahoma. "It’s, it's awful... It's... I can't believe... I don't talk about that in front of my child -- and I don't expect it to be in a book that she can get from the library. I mean it's just... I'm speechless."
The book -- "TTFN"(-ta ta for now, sequel to "TTYL"- talk to you later) -- came from the Marietta Middle School library, and what's more -- it was on an advanced reading list worth eight points to any student who checks it out and reads it.