Dangerous Knowledge in the News

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings

Heinrich Heine, Almansor 1821

News

Washington Post (July 24, 2022): Claim that sex ed ‘grooms’ kids jolted Nebraska politics a year before it swept the nation

Washington Post (June 16, 2022): Caught in the culture wars, teachers are being forced from their jobs

Above article from the Washington Post June 16, 2022

Pen America (May 19, 2022): PEN AMERICA CEO TO U.S. HOUSE PANEL: BOOK BANS AND EDUCATIONAL GAG ORDERS ARE ‘AN ORCHESTRATED EFFORT TO POLARIZE, INTIMIDATE, AND RESTRICT FLOW OF IDEAS’

Washington Post (May 19, 2022): A Florida Teacher Felt She Had to Quit Amid “Don’t Say Gay” Rhetoric. “But the bigger problem was it no longer felt possible to be lesbian and a teacher in Florida. The years of homophobic comments from her colleagues now seemed enshrined in state law, their message — “you don’t belong here” — triumphant and irresistible.”

Washington Post (May 12,2022): He was fired for reading a ‘Butt’ book. Will his life return to normal?

Washington Post (May 11, 2022): Upset by book bans, teen starts forbidden book club in small Pa. town

Including cute little animal icons is “social-emotional” indoctrination!

Washington Post (April 28, 2022): These are books school systems don’t want you to read, and why

Authoritarians like Ron DeSantis draw from a long and worldwide tradition in their wars against Dangerous Knowledge.

Washington Post: Teachers who mention sexuality are ‘grooming’ kids, conservatives say: April 5, 2022: From the Article, “Jesse Kelly, a conservative pundit with 400,000 Twitter followers, recently posted a long thread of messages arguing that “every Republican in America should be running ads” targeting Democrats who support early education on sexuality: “Call them groomers and pedophiles,” Kelly wrote. “Put THEM on the defensive. Make THEM afraid. … Stop worrying about what the media says. If they parrot Dem talking points, call them groomers too.”

Washington Post: Schools nationwide are quietly removing books from their libraries: March 22, 2022, Quoted from the article — “Every time she orders a book now, she sits down with her husband first, and the two of them attempt to answer the question: “Is this the book I want to end up on Fox News for?”

Associated Press: Youngkin looks to root out critical race theory in Virginia: February 15, 2022

Washington Post: In his fight against ‘woke’ schools, DeSantis tears at the seams of a diverse Florida: February 7, 2022

Tennessee Book Burning, February 2, 2022 [Click the image to go to the story]

VICE News: School Removes Student Project About Fascism After Cops Complain: November 21, 2021

Editorials

This is absolutely brilliant!

…surprisingly large majorities oppose banning books on history or race — and importantly, this is partly because teaching about our racial past makes students more understanding of others’ historical experiences…

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/23/cbs-poll-republicans-oppose-book-bans-woke/

The Plum Line: Washington Post, 2/24/2022