Vonnegut Library: we just want you to read it and decide for yourself

"The KVML will be giving away free copies of Slaughterhouse Five to students from Republic, Missouri’s high school (yes, the school that banned Slaughterhouse Five last week from their curriculum and school library). If you are a student at Republic High School, please e-mail us to request your free copy of the book. Please provide us with your name, address, and grade level. We have up to 150 books to share, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. We think it’s important for everyone to have their First Amendment rights. We’re not telling you to like the book… we just want you to read it and decide for yourself. We will not share your request or any of your personal information with anyone else."


Love this.

Awesome! Please don't forget Banned Books Week 2011 from September 24 to October 1 which is sponsored by the ALA and other notable organizations.

Just to play devil's advocate, if they were teaching the Bible (another book, after all) we'd all be upset. Isn't it up to the school district what they teach and what they don't?

Even though I'm not religious myself, I think it would be pretty neat to see a school teaching the Bible objectively, with a "We’re not telling you to like the book…we just want you to read it and decide for yourself" attitude.

It is wrong to say we would all be upset about the Bible being taught in high school classes. If you are teaching in a science class as the Bible proven or quantifiable fact, then yes, I personally would have a problem with teaching it in a class room. If it was being used in an English or history class as a historical document (as is Gilgamesh and Beowulf), then no, I have no problem with the Bible being taught.
Yes, the school district can set their curriculum, as it is their jobs to teach. But they should not be in the business of censorship. Saying a teacher can not give a mandatory assignment of a book and not allowing the book at all are different animals. I can bet you the Bible, King James or otherwise, is available in the school libraries under the Dewey number 220. It is available to students, if not in the classroom. The fact that Vonnegut and others are not allowed AT ALL is the issue, and a very important issue of censorship. If a high school age child is not allowed access to a book that is consistently mentioned in the top 100 greatest books of all time, then the school board is failing.
A better argument than the Bible is Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is about two 14-year-olds killing themselves because they can't be together. I would be more worried about that being taught in this post-Twilight, emo-filled world.

This made my day!:)

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