Friday, April 16, 2010

Book decision upheld by Board

Ann Wentworth of Fond du Lac listens Monday as the Fond du Lac Board of Education upholds a decision to keep a book challenged by Wentworth in middle school libraries. (The Reporter photo by Justin Connaher)

Another day, another attempted book banning, today we're in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I will quote the article, rather than paraphrase so much information:
"The Fond du Lac Board of Education voted on Monday to uphold Superintendent Jim Sebert's decision to keep the book, "One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies," available to students in sixth through eighth grades.
Ann Wentworth, who had opposed the sexual content and age-appropriateness of the Sonja Sones book, said she was not surprised by the final word in what had been a long book reconsideration process.
"I've asked the School Board to look into how books are selected and consider a rating system, but it's taking forever. I can be patient," Wentworth said.
She is also waiting to move two additional books through the process: "Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood," from the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares; and "Get Well Soon" by Julie Halpern...
The reconsideration committee, and then Sebert, had concluded the sexual references in the book were not graphic in nature."
An interesting angle to the controversy is the request that the Alexandria library automation program be configured to disallow students of a certain age -- or at the request of a parent -- from checking out library materials deemed 'sexual.'

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