Ok. Maybe I’m overreacting a little here. And maybe it’s because I just so happen to be re-reading “Fahrenheit 451” in the wake of Ray Bradbury’s death. But small things like this lead to big things, like burning books. And discriminating against people who are different from you.
“The Family Book” by Todd Parr is geared toward preschool to grade 2 kids and talks about how people have different family backgrounds. Some are big. Some are small. Etc.
The Erie Illinois school district just recently banned the book from the elementary school…because of one line. “Some families have two moms or two dads.” The Superintendent cites the fact that some parents were concerned that the material is not “age appropriate” and that certain ideas should be discussed at home rather than at school. Which, in my humble opinion, means that they won’t be discussed at all. Why else would you not want your child exposed to the fact that there are gay and lesbian people “out there?” Interestingly, they made no reference to the lines “some families are the same color, others are different colors.” Probably because the illustration is of a bunch of different colored fish and not an actual white person and an actual black person.
Look. I’m a parent. It can be hard ok? There are difficult topics to address. (But for god sakes, we start talking about drug awareness in elementary school right?). And I can get that some people have opinions that differ from mine. But this kind of shortsightedness and prejudice just keeps getting passed down from parent to child. What are you afraid of? That your child will “turn gay” after hearing that some people have two moms or two dads? Or (worse yet) that you might actually have to TALK to your child about something? Even if you don’t agree with it? So that you can teach them WHAT to think instead of HOW to think?
I’m sorry. I’m just not buying the “age inappropriate” excuse to ban a book from an elementary school. May as well burn it and go back to the dark ages… Just my two cents.
The Grilled Atheist