Adams 12 Five Star School District's Board of Education : Don't Censor Teachers' Freedom to Choose Instructional Reading Material
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Adams 12 Five Star School District's Board of Education : Don't Censor Teachers' Freedom to Choose Instructional Reading Material

    1. Bailey Cross
    2. Petition by

      Bailey Cross

      Broomfield, CO

We are a group of current and former students and parents in the Adams 12 Five Star School District who want to ensure a safe, supportive, respectful and productive learning environment for all students, as stated in the Adams 12 mission statement, by not censoring or banning educator’s access to teach certain reading material such as Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. According to the National Council of Teachers of English’s The Students’ Right to Read:

“Schools have removed from libraries and classrooms and English teachers have avoided using or recommending works which might make members of the community angry. Many students are consequently ‘educated’ in a school atmosphere hostile to free inquiry. And many teachers learn to emphasize their own safety rather than their students' needs….Censorship leaves students with an inadequate and distorted picture of the ideals, values, and problems of their culture. The censorship pressures receiving the greatest publicity are those of small groups who protest the use of a limited number of books with some ‘objectionable’ realistic elements…. The most obvious and immediate victims are often found among our best and most creative English teachers, those who have ventured outside the narrow boundaries of conventional texts. Ultimately, however, the real victims are the students, denied the freedom to explore ideas and pursue truth wherever and however they wish.”

We are asking that teachers be allowed to retain the freedom to choose what reading materials they would like, or not like, to teach in their classrooms. No student is forced to read this material, as parents and students who object to these choices have always been, and will continue to be provided with an alternative reading assignment. The freedom to teach what some might call controversial material (such as The Bluest Eye that has previously been reviewed by the district and recieved district approval to be taught in classrooms) in a safe, supportive environment where students are allowed to ask questions and understand the material through careful instruction should not be taken away from any teacher or class simply because a minority of parents disagree with its content. If one book is banned from being taught in a classroom setting, then it opens the door for all books-- and ideas-- to be banned as well. 

 

To:
Adams 12 Five Star School District's Board of Education
Do not censor the freedom of Adams 12 Five Star School District's teachers to select what reading materials they will or will not instruct in a classroom setting.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Denver Westword and A New Goal

      Bailey Cross
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition was picked up by Denver Westword today, and we far surpassed our most recent goal of 600 signatures! We have now upped our goal to 1,000 signatures by Sunday, July 14th. Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that our teachers will not be censored in their material selection!

      Toni Morrison classic, other 'inappropriate' books targeted by parents' petition

      Novelist Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Beloved and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom just last year....

    3. Initial Goal Reached!

      Bailey Cross
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for all of the incredible support over the past two days! We have passed our initial goal of 500 signatures, and are now trying for 600 signatures by Sunday, July 14th. We also made it on the local news tonight, and would love your help in continuing to get the word out!

      Broomfield parents petition to remove The Bluest Eye from approved reading list

      BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Censorship or common sense? Some Broomfield parents are petitioning to have Toni Morrison's 1970 novel "The Bluest Eye" removed from the school district's approved reading lists, but others are fighting to keep it, calling it censorship.

    4. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jill Becker THORNTON, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I believe in the 1st Amendment. I believe that books are to be discussed and walked through as a family instead of being pulled off the shelves. Because when books start being pulled everything is fair game. It's a "be careful what you wish for" kind of thing. And if everything's fair game then, well who's to say classics and sacred texts won't eventually be pulled. Books are to learn not to censor. I believe censorship is a violation of one's 1st amendment rights.And that's just not cool.

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    • katarina overberg WESTMINSTER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      kids already have the choice to not read the book. other kids right to read it should not be taken away

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    • Rachel Wilcox WHEAT RIDGE, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Students have a right to have access to all forms of written material. They need to read many viewpoints to become well rounded, open minded individuals. Assuming students are unable to handle mature content or teachers are unable to hold class discussions on controversial topics undermines the intelligence of both parties.

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    • Jake Teske WESTMINSTER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      As a resident of this district with children who will attend these schools in the near future, I want my children to have access a comprehensive and challenging curriculum. This includes teachers having academic freedom and access to challenging and controversial subject material from such books and novels like Morrison's.

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    • Nancy Rassbach WESTMINSTER, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Concerned citizen who does not want censorship for my grandchildren and great grandchildren

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