While I was attending last night’s board meeting and listening to the public discussion on the newly revised “book” policy (it’s real name is EF Local) by our trustees, my phone was blowing up about a 9th grade English assignment at one of our high schools.
The only Trustee who put forth thoughtful and researched comments and suggestions in opposition of the little changed policy was Chris Earnest. He asked great questions and pushed back against other trustees about how the policy was not going to solve the problem of inappropriate curriculum and books. I encourage you all to watch the video of this discussion posted on the SBISD website. While some Trustees think that adopting this policy is “a step in the right direction,” it is not even close to the protection our children, teachers and librarians need to keep pornography and explicitly sexual material out of our schools. This new policy does not even go as far as the suggestions that were released recently by the Texas Education Association. Why put on a bandaid when you need stitches?
Last night, Dr. Blaine kept referencing that this is not just a “problem” in SBISD, but nationwide. That’s true.
But they don’t seem to understand WHY it’s a problem. They seem to truly believe the problem is simply that more parents happen to be finding these books and complaining, not that there is simply MORE of this filth than ever before and that it’s being systematically and purposefully pumped into our schools by extreme progressives who author, publish, sell and review books to sexualize and indoctrinate our kids earlier and earlier.
The administration mentioned they use multiple vendors for purchasing books but did not acknowledge the KEY: the District must reevaluate WHO we purchase books from.
Until they do that, the spigot is wide open and nothing will change.
To recap, the rewritten policy began when the book “Gender Queer” was discovered in our school’s libraries and on SBISD high schools summer reading list. “Gender Queer” is a graphic novel that depicts sexually graphic illustrations throughout the book. It was deemed “pervasively vulgar” and was removed last fall after parental outcry. On the night that this new policy is being debated, freshmen at home were working on their English class assignment. The assignment for the 14 and 15 year olds:
“Your input is wanted at the next School Board meeting! There are a few titles currently at the Stratford Library that have been questioned by the community. Choose one title to present on. You will present why you are in favor of or against banning this title.
Your speech needs to include:
- Statement of purpose (like a thesis statement!)
- Organized content
- Demonstrate awareness of listeners needs
- A summary of the work you are discussing” ***
The teacher then included this link: https://bookriot.com/most-challenged-books-of-2021/amp/
Guess what the #1 most banned/challenged book of 2021 was?
The book that was removed from our libraries last fall in SBISD for being “pervasively vulgar”, the book that prompted parents to demand a new policy surrounding how books get into our libraries and curriculum, is now one of the books that they want our children to go “summarize” and then do a speech about!
This keeps happening over and over. Parents are told by our trustees that this isn’t a real problem. Yet, it keeps happening.
Your vote in this election matters more than ever. My incumbent opponent will not and has not stood up and called this issue out. He does not see these assignments come home because he no longer has kids in the district. He does not see the books on the summer reading lists. He has not acknowledged that this is a problem.
Our board is placated by “steps in the right direction”. I want the problem solved.
#LNS #Trusteeposition5 #SBISD
Posted on 26 Apr 2022, 22:01 - Category: Facebook Blog