|We don't ban books from our personal |
home library. Rather, we tend to hoard books.
Yes, it still happens today in public schools. A parent doesn't like the content of a book. Rather than select the other books on the summer reading list or request a suitable accommodation, the parent works to get the book banned from the public high school the child attends. School committees get involved and make recommendations to the school board. The committees defend the book and make the recommendation to keep it. The school board votes to ban the book. As a result, the rest of the children in the entire school district are denied the right to use the book as part of their public education.
Links to some of the other stories about the Randolph County School's decision to ban Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison:
On September 25, 2013, at a special called meeting, the Randolph County School Board voted 6-1 to rescind the ban and allow Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man to be part of the high school curriculum and library collection. To Read more: The Courier-Tribune
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