Banned Books

Posted Sep. 30, 2019

Want to Build a Wise, Engaged Citizenry? Read Banned Books in Schools, Especially by Authors of Color

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s words would have made her a literary giant no matter what, but her position as one of our country’s ‘most-banned’ authors…

By KJ Ward

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Posted Sep. 23, 2019

If We Don’t Give Students the Freedom to Choose What They Read, They May Choose Not to Read at All

Once again there is a story about censorship in schools. A Catholic school in Tennessee has decided their students should not read Harry Potter because they…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

Who Are We Really Protecting When We Keep Our Kids From ‘Dangerous’ Books?

It was Read Across America Week last week. Many schools celebrated with funky hats and pajama reading days and doing whatever they could to celebrate…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Oct. 27, 2017

The Story You Haven’t Heard About Why They’re Banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Mississippi

I’ll admit it. When I first heard of the Biloxi, Mississippi junior high school board’s decision to stop teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” my first…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Banning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Because It Makes You Uncomfortable Isn’t How You Learn

Biloxi, Mississippi, made news when its public school district pulled Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its eighth-grade reading list earlier this month.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

A Transgender Kindergartner Brought a Book for the Class to Read and Parents Tried to Ban It

Last June, a kindergartner brought a book to Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school outside Sacramento, and asked her teacher to read it at story…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

These 11 Books Were Banned But You Should Read Them Anyway

Finding a book to read shouldn’t be complicated. After all, making a choice about what literature we choose to digest is an everyday decision, one…

By Rob Samuelson, Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

Libraries Are a Place for Students to Be Accepted No Matter Their Background, Race or Religion

I have taught children who have never owned a home. Some who owned several. Others who have lived solely on the generosity of strangers. I…

By Pernille Ripp

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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