The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Book banning and the morality patrol

Apr 16, 2007

Parent complaints led to the removal of a book about school bullies from the curriculum last week in Harford County Maryland, a suburb north of Baltimore. The superintendent removed R. Cormier's The Chocolate War from social studies classes for ninth graders.

The topic of the book is a serious problem facing students – bullying. The book also contains some name-calling.

Book banning? It’s the opposite of educating young people. In the 21st century, we are supposed to be past the era when self-anointed bigots watch our every step.

Apparently not!