Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Friday, March 02, 2007

Kansas bill on teacher prosecution stalled

A bill in the Kansas state legislature that would allow the prosecution of teachers for promoting obscenity has been sent back to committee. The bill "would end the automatic protection elementary, middle and high school teachers enjoy from prosecution over materials used in classes," reports Associated Press. The Kansas-National Education Association opposes the bill because it could be used to prosecute teachers for having students read novels containing vulgar language or sexual scenes.

According to AP: "On legislators' minds was the ongoing dispute between parents and officials in the Blue Valley school district in Johnson County over books on its reading lists. The novels to which parents object include Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved, Wright's Black Boy, and Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. All three books are on Blue Valley's reading lists for students.."


Anonymous Dances With Books said...

Yet another reason I am glad I am not a public school teacher anymore. Before you know it, they will prosecuting teachers for teaching Romeo and Juliet (teens and love) or 1984 (there is some sex in there too), or who knows what else.

9:26 AM  

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