FTRW 2007 – Day 5 – Irony As Big As Texas

Last fall, a parent in Texas demanded the removal of the book,  Fahrenheit 451 from his 15-year old daughter's school library. (The subject matter of that book being so famous that its title has become shorthand for “censorship”.)   And because you couldn't make this stuff up, the challenge happened the week after the American Library Association's “Banned Books Week” (which is in September unlike Canada's which is this week.)

Speaking of FTRW in Canada, here's a story in the UWO student newspaper about the FTRW student reading which I mentioned a few times in the past couple weeks and which was held last Monday featuring readings by various library students and one very cool eight year old.  

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Challenging Fahrenheit 451 is gobsmacking, but most of what I've read about book banning and challenging in North America is continually amazing and saddening.
    The event went well, I'm all about raising awareness and you are doing a wonderful job on your blog this week! kudos.

    Posted 03 Mar 2007 at 1:38 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I love this reply to the article in the MetaFilter thread:
    “Alton Verm [the father] said he doesn't understand how the district can punish students for using bad language, yet require them to read a book with bad language as part of a class.”
    Another puzzling thing is that they talk about nazism in history class, and yet it's not ok for students to kill Jews or invade Poland.

    Posted 03 Mar 2007 at 4:36 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    It's the same thinking that gets people into the 'if we teach them about sex, they'll have it' mentality. Haven't people ever considered talking to kids like they are….oh, I don't know…Human Beings, capable of making distinctions and decisions..ugh.
    Judy Blume: “Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.”
    Would you get a detention for annexing a country?

    Posted 03 Mar 2007 at 5:16 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I just saw a really good interview with Bill O'Reilly and Marilyn Manson. Manson is one of the most well-spoken free speech advocates out there as “Bowling For Columbine” showed. (If L'il Marilyn Manson annexed a country, he'd probably get the death penalty but for most kids, it probably depends on the country you annex! )

    Posted 03 Mar 2007 at 6:53 am
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