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March 14, 2005

Apparently some people are more equal than others

From AgapePress:

Vanessa Thrasher is upset that Southfield Public School officials are requiring her 15-year-old daughter, Katherine, to read controversial books such as Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston and Black Boy by Richard Wright --books that contain objectionable elements such as profanity, sexual content, and denigrating depictions of Christians.

Thrasher wants her daughter to be given alternate reading material in her sophomore honors literature and composition class. The mother says she was told by superintendent Beverley Geltner that teachers are not obligated to answer questions about reading content, and that parents have no say regarding the literature used in the classroom.

The Michigan parent says she was also told by the superintendent if she did not like the curriculum, she should find another school for her child. She was livid that district officials felt within their rights "to tell me that I have no parental rights to be able to direct and guide the education of my daughter," she says.

Meanwhile The Paradise, California school board (item 20) rejected the Bible as literature in their February 15th meeting.

And people wonder why I homeschool.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 14, 2005 11:51 AM

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