KINNETT: Organizing a curriculum is not banning a book

Editor’s Note: We strive to bring you the best voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column claiming that books teaching critical race theory or LGBT themes should be removed from school libraries. You can find a counterpoint here, where Nicole Turner-Smith argues that they shouldn’t be removed.

We find our children, teachers and schools in a precarious environment where the most embellished and hyperbolic language takes over. Each argument weighs moral authority against the pragmatism of what works and what doesn’t work in school.

Preventing schools from purchasing, displaying and distributing books that encourage children to engage in racial and gender discrimination and that promote (and often explicit) underage sexual engagement is not the definitive example of ‘banning books’ or ‘restricting education’ shouting from the union’s rooftops.

Before getting into the thick of the debate over whether schools should be able to restrict books from the shelves of their public school library, it is imperative to differentiate a public school library from the common public library, university library, and private libraries. Public school libraries are provided for the exclusive use and edification of students, housed on the campus of this K-12 school, and are fully accessible to any student at any time. Books are purchased with local taxpayer funding as part of the school district’s standard operating budget (donations and grants notwithstanding).

While many schools have libraries per building, which means elementary collections differ from those of secondary schools, thousands of rural schools combine their libraries into one collection.

Books in a public school library are provided for children to encourage reading and student curiosity for history, literature, science, art and philosophy. The key value of any book in a school library is its educational value: does that book promote a student’s skills and development in an appropriate way?

Public school libraries are funded directly by taxpayers in the local community (supplemented by grants and donations) – therefore, every book in a local school’s collection is provided and trusted by the residents of that district. Political and special interest books should not be charged to taxpayers without their consent, nor should they pay staff to promote these materials. The state does not have to force citizens to financially support political programs, especially when these books feature and promote inflammatory, discriminatory or obscene content.

Obscene content is nothing new. Books that feature or promote and encourage sexual activity and evil have been around for centuries – but we have traditionally kept these materials out of the reach of children. Books like “Gender Queerencouraging sexual exploration at a young age, pedophilia and following any hedonistic desire as a method to achieve happiness. Illustrations depicting children performing sexual acts are the legal definition of child pornography in most states.

School boards that defend such pornographic and illicit content in their school libraries have parents arrested to read excerpts from these books at meetings. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will be censor Where to forbid posts that share graphic novel images like “gender queer » — yet these books are not considered too obscene for school libraries?

Those books also promote the pseudoscientific abuse of childhood transgenderism. Books that tell children to follow how their hearts and minds feel that day are more akin to encouraging schizophrenia than positive development. School libraries are not a place where students are encouraged to destroy their endocrine and reproductive systems according to social modes.

Politically mocking students with the intent to mislead them is not just beholden to pornography and transgenderism – but to racial stereotyping and gaslighting.

Incendiary racist language the texts who tell children that their moral worth and worth is only found in their skin color is incredibly disturbing. Many communities find stereotypical black and Hispanic children racist and divisive. Most of the country understands that blaming “white people” for all the problems plaguing society is patently wrong. School libraries should not be a place where students are encouraged set aside historical and scientific fact for racist injustice.

Schools have banned books that cross the lines of obscenity and authoritative preaching for centuries. These books have not been banished from society, nor eliminated from public libraries or bookstores. Some books containing messages that encourage children to participate in harmful ideologies have been deemed highly inappropriate for educational settings. There’s no reason for hentai to line your local school’s library shelves – and if a school board finds”Mein Kampf“, The 1619 ProjectWhere “White fragility » To racially divide students (because they may not yet be old enough to tell fact from racist fiction), they should have the right to restrict it.

The local school board, accountable to parents and the community, should decide what is and is not developmentally appropriate for children in their school library. Removing a book is not a book ban, it’s a practical part of keeping any program. Educators and parents should work together to separate the wheat from the chaff, which includes dropping trash books.

Anthony Kinnett is a curriculum developer and coordinator in Indianapolis. He is co-founder and owner of The Chalkboard Review and has written for National Review, The Federalist, The Daily Caller and the Washington Examiner. @LeTonus

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