Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Apparently, It's the Season

Although you can take the most vile and dirty exerpts from a book does not mean that the book, as a whole, is all that bad or, as stated, "pornographic". We are teenagers and we should not be locked inside this bubble District 214 is trying to hold us in. And, futhermore you should read the books before you deem it inappropriate.

From the on-line petition at District 214

Students in Township High School District 214, a Chicago-area suburb, are fighting a single school board member’s attempt to ban seven books from the curriculum. One student launched an on-line petition, which has over four hundred signatures and comments. Some students are wearing tape that reads “censored” over any writing that appears on their clothing and many plan to attend the school board meeting Thursday night, where a decision about the books will be made. The striking of these books was suggested by school board member Leslie Pinney, who ran for her position promising to bring her "Christian" views to the job.

Ms. Pinney freely admits that she hasn’t read the books in question. Just the naughty bits.

The books in question:

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan