Fight against book continues in Brunswick County

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Submitted: Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:31pm
Updated: Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:37pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County woman is taking her case against a book used in county schools to the Board of Education.

Frances Wood of Ash filed an objection earlier this year to “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which is part of the curriculum at Cedar Grove Middle School. A school committee rejected her request, and Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden denied her appeal of that decision. District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki says Wood has formally appealed to the school board.

Wood is on the public address list for Tuesday night’s school board meeting in Bolivia. The procedure for that part of the meeting gives members of the public the chance to address the board, but board members are not supposed to respond, Swencki says.

There’s no word on how or when the board will address Wood’s appeal.

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11 Comments on "Fight against book continues in Brunswick County"

2015 years 8 months ago

That parents in Asia and the Middle East spend 10’s of thousands of dollars to send their children to our schools. Countries like Bahrain pay American public school teachers 6 figure annual salaries to teach twell to armshere. Presidents Johnson,
Carter, Reagan, Nixon, Clinton, and Eisenhower all seemed to have fared well from public education.
As for “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” I read it last spring when all the fuss started. IMO it is not age appropriate for 6 grade and maybe not for many 7th graders. However the book is part of an elective 8th grade honors program. 14 year-olds at that education and experience level should have no problem understanding this book.
BTW; What agenda is this book promoting? Most works of literature do promote an agenda that is what inspires most writers to write books. Steinbeck wrote Tortilla Flats and Grapes of Wrath. Hemmingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Most interesting is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn which has been banned more than probably any other American authored book in history. Mrs Woods complaints about this book almost echoes the same complaints about Huckleberry Finn over the past 130 years.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why can’t the schools just have the kids read books that have literary value instead of having them read books that promote an agenda? I received notice that my seventh grader’s teacher may be assigning books from the top 100 challenged and banned list. Some of them have no redeeming value them and only serve to open up discussion about various issues. It is more important for students to develop their reading skills, not have an agenda forced on them. This attitude is one of the reasons that the education in this country is so horrible.

2015 years 8 months ago

Ideas are not dangerous, the lack of ideas, imagination and ambition are the greatest threat to our children. This isn’t 1950, stop wasting your time on ridiculous campaigns to protect our children from good writing and new thinking. You are embarrassing the rest of us responsible, thinking, adults with children. Kids, we are not all morons.

2015 years 8 months ago

Joe, I wanted to thank you for posting something that makes sense. I read the comments on this site for entertainment value. It is very rare that I stumble upon a comment that is progressive. Thank you, sir

2015 years 8 months ago

Perhaps these folks that want to remove public access to books need to read a book called Fahrenheit 451. There’s things I’ve found offensive in books over the years but guess what? I have never read any written material that’s more offensive or violent or reprehensible than the atrocities that humans commit in real life.

2015 years 8 months ago

She hasn’t read the entire book. I also guarantee she can’t see the forest for the trees. I guess when it gets a PG13 rating at the theater, all kids will go see it. Then what? Ridiculous! Walk through the halls of any middle or high school. The language is much worse. Browse the content of kids Instagram, Facebook, etc, and you will find the content much worse. The book is not about the language or sex; it is much more than that.

2015 years 8 months ago

These kids cannot attend a PG 17 rated movie unescorted but we want to put this book in the school library! If the students truly want to read the book let them go to the county library. Or ask yourself this. Would you want the book read aloud at the next school board meeting? But that may not be such a bad idea.

2015 years 8 months ago

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, according to Barnes & Noble, will especially appeal to young teenage boys.
A coming-of-age story about an American Indian boy is quite safe and so predictable. It’s a politically-correct sob story about how terrible it is to be an Indian. Been there, read that.

How about Brunswick County Public Schools being a little progressive, a little braver by putting Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age story, a story about gender and gay identity that is told mostly from the point of Aristotle as he goes into a deep and thoughtful exploration of discovering his identity and coming to terms with his own sexuality.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpre Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.

2015 years 8 months ago

You’re right, why have kids read a politically-correct sob story about how terrible it is to be an Indian when they can read a politically-correct sob story about how great it is to be a coming-of-age gay Greek philosopher. Great idea; just swap one minority’s propaganda based book for another minority’s propaganda based book.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, these kids deserve a chance to study some books from the pure perspective of literature and writing skills instead of having some adults trying to use that time to cram their own personal philosophy down their throats. They’ll have the entire rest of their life to formulate their own opinions on how life works.

Oh right, I almost forgot, I said you should get an award too. In your case, I’m thinking about maybe the Chick-fil-A award. It’s an award for those courageous enough to stand behind their own beliefs even if it’s not always politically-correct to do so. Being the open-minded person you are, you should have no trouble embracing that. Right?

2015 years 8 months ago

One reason these books are being assigned is that students actually enjoy reading them. Many “classics” can be less than entertaining. If a book can be assigned that challenges a student to think about issues that are relevant TODAY then it should definitely be a part of the curriculum. Not every book taught in school has to be Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn or Great Expectations. There is always an alternate assigned book available if a parent doesn’t want their child to read a particular piece of literature. I have heard this lady (who, by the way, has no child enrolled in Brunswick County Public Schools) speak. It is hard to believe that she would ever be mistaken for a champion of education. this is such a colossal waste of everyone’s time and energy. How about some of these complainers actually come up with some ideas to better educate our students rather than try to ram their narrow minded religious views down everyone’s throats?

Darrell Parks
2015 years 8 months ago

So they can read a book, that if made into a movie they would not be allowed to see? With all the “real” great literature, why do”educators” push book like this on students? I remember in HS, guys read “Catcher In The Rye” because a “certain word” was used n the book and this was the first time they could read it “legally”. Holden Caulfield was a nervewracking, whiny little punk.