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Originally published: 2013-12-07 15:07:42
Last modified: 2013-12-07 15:08:27

Speakers discuss Allende book issue

Tonight I attended a presentation that included nine scheduled speakers and several individuals who rose to speak during the open microphone time. 

Scheduled speakers were parents and high school students, and each made important points.  

I was particularly impressed by the parent who expressed disappointment that her son is being given alternate assignments because his class is deprived of the lessons planned by a highly respected teacher -- because a parent placed her own son's education above that of the other young people in the class.

Four high school juniors gave presentations that were characterized by maturity, clear understanding of the book they studied last year and an understanding of how facing difficult issues can prepare them to face uncomfortable situations in life.
 All made the point that they were not attracted to "pornography." Rather, they learned that important learning can occur when fine literature is presented under the guidance of a highly competent teacher.

One speaker pointed out that a small group is organizing to try to gain control of book selection procedures in the school system.  

This is a dangerous trend that must be avoided at all costs. 

Such control can be the first step in leading to a dictatorship.  

It is always true that people who disagree are more likely to speak up than are people who are satisfied.
 I hope that satisfied parents will let the school board know.

What a joy it was to hear speeches by people who knew what they were talking about.

Glenda T. Hubbard