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About books, flags and diversity

Ted WoodsonBreckenridge

My, my were not the Clarks, Dick and Mary, busy protecting us from being subjected to possible literary propaganda and that awful bogeyman, cultural instruction in our public schools. As to the offending display at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne and their intimidation of the staff: First there were other, nonpolitical books in that stack. As the staff explained, this was representative of bestseller lists and was not a political statement. It was part of what is a Republican mantra – “market-driven forces.”The fact is, our president does a lot that requires further examination and, unfortunately, does not include a whole lot of books praising the man. Next, the schools. I am not certain of the size of the flags questioned, but once again, using that phrase, “tax-supported facility,” the Clarks wish to impose their conservative leanings to the school system. Yes, English is part of the instruction for these children, but the value of education includes the comparison of different cultures. After all, how are these children going to compete in an increasingly difficult world of technology and language if they don’t begin at an early age to see the commonality that joins us all? Oops, that sounds a little bit of “One World” doesn’t it?


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