The district school board voted 6-1 Thursday night to remove the entire reading list
If you’ve been following the story of a Delaware school board’s decision to remove The Miseducation of Cameron Post from its high school summer reading list, apparently the final decision is in — the entire reading list has now been removed.
That means not only has Cameron Post been removed, other books including Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, John Lewis’s March, and even John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars will no longer be recommended as summer reads for incoming freshman at Cape Henlopen High School. A sad end to a really wonderful and diverse reading list.
I’m furious about this, not just because this means excellent books will be that much farther out of teens’ reach, but because it’s such a cop-out. The school board was faced with a difficult decision, and essentially decided to not decide.
They decided there was no way to make everyone happy, so they’d just duck and cover and hope to scrape by and get re-elected by eliminating the issue altogether. The thing is, you can’t eliminate issues just by pretending they don’t exist.
Kids in Delaware will still make choices about what to read — but now they’ll be doing so in the dark, despite the team of librarians who had carefully selected a list of books they thought would be good matches for their students.
I’m sure the school board thinks this is a “compromise” solution. When in reality this is the ultimate coward’s way out.
So incredibly infuriating.