Banned Book News Roundup

Here’s an interesting and timely article on how collective bargaining can protect the free speech rights of public employees; specifically, librarians and teachers.

I knew there was a reason why we’re supposed to keep quiet in the library!

Remember those Texas prison wardens who were not allowing inmates to read certain books and magazines?  Looks like a warden in South Carolina has taken the idea to its logical conclusion.

That craven Bedford, New Hampshire school superintendent who immediately pulled two books from a high school reading list after one kid’s parents objected to them?  Now he’s making a checklist to help him decide which other books to ban.  Dude, man up … them Texas prison wardens don’t need no stinking checklist!

Oh great.  Now they’re going after bookstores.  They’d better hurry before they’re all gone.

Ever wonder about the mentality of parents who restrict what their children read, and want to restrict what your children read too?  Warning: this online forum Q&A session will depress you.

Here’s an antidote to the previous entry: a good essay on the benefits of parents allowing children unrestricted access to books (I don’t know why that link shows up as broken … it works for me and should work for you too, so go ahead and click on it).

This is funny. A student whines about an assignment to read a list of books, and the advice columnist employs the old “most of those books are banned” trick.  I bet it worked, too!

At last, some book banning I can get behind: kicking intentionally inaccurate history textbooks out of the classroom.

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