There is a huge book scandal going on in my neck of the woods. Seven books have been pulled from the English reading list in our school district. You can get all of the details here but most likely you have seen it on the news because HPISD seems to be making the national headlines with this one. I no longer have a dog in the hunt because we are empty nesters. And I say this to you as someone who volunteered, lead, chaired, served as PTA President, raised money and served on too many committees to count. All to say that I love our town and school district. And I can tell you that we never had any problems or issues with any of the books our children had to read. That’s because we trust our teachers and their curriculum to provide a well-rounded education. The drama of it all (I am not exaggerating) reminds me of one of my favorite plays – Greater Tuna. Pete and I have seen this play and the others – A Christmas Tuna and Red, White and Tuna numerous times.
So today, I leave you with Vera Carp and her Smut Snatchers meeting. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Don’t forget to live, laugh and enjoy! xoxo- Tanya
Well done Tanya and well done Vera Carp.!
Thank you Cher. I appreciate you reading the blog and leaving a comment.
xoxo- Tanya 🙂
So glad to hear that Highland Park wound up reversing this decision. Nothing good has ever come of banning a book. There’s a lot to learn from other opinions and life experiences, and even if you don’t agree with them you’re improved by having been exposed to them.
The teachers of HPISD are some of the best. If they have a book on their list, it’s for a reason. I am a product of the HP education system and know I am better for having read several of the books on that list. Everything is grade level appropriate and studied in a way that makes kids think about things.
In the end kids are going to be exposed to all of the things in these books in one way or another. In many cases they’re already being exposed to them. Wouldn’t you rather your kids learn about them in an intelligent and informed way than through word of mouth and the internet?
Thank you so much for commenting on this important issue. So well said.
Your brother and sister both agree.
Oh, Tanya!! This is a fabulous post!! Unfortunately, our family is still in the smack-dab-middle of this whole mess. Our older girls benefitted immensely from the rich curriculum HP had to offer which has served them well in college and beyond. I hope that same opportunity isn’t taken from our son.
Thanks for weighing in on this important issue….. AND for the much-needed laugh in the middle of this madness!!!
I am so sorry to hear that Elizabeth. Hopefully it will resolve soon.
Thanks for leaving a comment.
xoxo- Tanya 🙂