This is a stupid story, but there’s an interesting nugget buried in the explanation for how and why a Young Adult author was chased off the internets for standing up for reality-based high school sex education and biology classes:
The Gilbert [Arizona] School Board—under the leadership of three Tea Partiers who consider Common Core to be a “pile of dog poo,” and with the encouragement of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the same organization that engineered the notorious anti-gay discrimination law in Indiana—had spent a great deal of time debating a section in the biology textbook that contains extremely “controversial” material about contraception preventing unwanted pregnancies. According to a local news report, some board members wanted to black out the lines that mention various birth-control methods, vasectomies, and—wait for it—drugs that can induce abortion; others wanted to rip out the whole offending page. Instead, the school board compromised on the instructive sticker.
How cute! They think that taking this information out of a high school textbook will prevent kids from learning about contraception, vasectomies, the morning-after pill, RU-486, and surgical abortions!
It’s as though they are entirely unfamiliar with 1) children and 2) the internet. Are they the unfrozen cavemen and -women school board?
If there’s one way to pique student interest in what a book has to say, then by all means, seize it! Tear out or black out the offending passages! Protest its presence in your school and public libraries! Hold a book burning at a press conference! Be sure every student in the district knows that the information it contains is very, very dangerous, and that you’re doing your best to keep it away from them. Go for it, Gilbert!
How else are second- and third-graders going to learn about the existence of elective abortions, condoms, and the pill if you stop talking about them?