Furthermore, according to the policy itself: "In selected instances, an occasional inappropriate word may be deleted with white-out rather than rejecting the entire book." Which makes me wonder whether board members also plan to go through various world history encyclopedias and art books to add discrete black magic marker bikinis and briefs (don't laugh, I've encountered enough home educating parents who do just this). Or maybe those books just get chucked wholesale, too.
Other highlights of the new policy, according to the newspaper account:
So much for Tom, Huck, and human dignity. Rather takes all the joy out of books, reading, and school, doesn't it? Which is just as well, I suppose, since the school board has effectively taken all the good books out of the library.
- Revisions included adding the words "socially appropriate" to one criteria [sic]. It now states books should have a 'Fair balanced socially appropriate portrayal of people with regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex and disability.' [Which doubtless has filtered down from the California textbook approval process], and,
- all books must comply with a section of state education law, titled the "Hate Violence Prevention Act", which states, "Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship, and the meaning of equality and human dignity, including the promotion of harmonious relations, kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures, to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity, and falsehood, and to instruct them in manners and morals and the principles of a free government."