Banned Books Week discussion in Los Angeles focuses on TUSD


Still making us proud Pedicone! From Papers Please to Banned Books… what historical figure comes to mind? Maybe that’s why they are banning history classes in TUSD?

Controversies still rage about banning textbooks teaching evolution from classrooms. And in Tucson, Arizona, the school district didn’t simply ban books, they banned an entire curriculum: the Mexican American Studies program. (In a particularly Orwellian twist, the Tucson Unified School District insists the books from the program haven’t been banned, they’ve merely been “redistributed.”) There’s a reason we celebrate Banned Books Week (Sep. 30 – Oct. 6). There are thousands of reasons.

We get comfortable. We get complacent. We think, “It couldn’t happen here.” It can. It does. All the time and in ways that probably never receive attention from the media, books are being censored and prohibited.

via Banned in L.A. — Local Authors Talk About Banned Books Week – Los Angeles magazine.

Happy birthday to Banned-in-TUSD author Paulo Freire!

Happy birthday Paulo Freire (Sept. 19, 1921 – May 2, 1997), Brazilian educator, philosopher, and influential theorist of critical pedagogy. Best known for his influential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Photo: Myles Horton and Paulo Freire at Highlander Center in 1987 with adult educators.

To those that still don’t believe books are banned in TUSD, remember that even Mark Stegeman tried to “unban” those books recently and failed. How can you unban something that is not banned?

Even deputy superintendent Menconi admits that there are 7 books that ARE NOT ALLOWED in the classroom, Pedagogy of the Oppressed being one of them.