Classroom Freebies

I Read Banned Books Free Bookmarks

I have a freebie for you that I normally promote during National Banned Books Week; unfortunately, it is very appropriate for me to share these now as my school district is in the middle of a controversial book banning.

My "I Read Banned Books" bookmarks can be downloaded {HERE}; I created them to spread the word that banning a book is never the right thing to do. That doesn't mean I don't think parents should have a say in their child's education. But in a public school, a single parent (or even a group of parents) should not dictate what is right for ALL children.

If a parent does not want something taught to his/her child in a public school, it is perfectly fine to select alternative material for the child that cover the same standards. Parents should also remember that even though they may have a certain set of beliefs as to what is appropriate for their child, it may not be the same for all the children, especially in a public school where we have students from many different backgrounds. 

Parents should have faith in the teachers and administrators for using the best tools to teach the standards. We spend a lot of time researching materials, selecting those that are suitable for our students, and writing our own curriculum, all aligned to the ever-changing standards presented to us. We are trained professionals and actually have to take courses on how to choose appropriate materials. This is the type of work we do in the summer when people think we are "off."

This is why it is disheartening for me to see this happening in our district. I hope that you never have to go through this at your school.

Use these bookmarks to remind others that reading a "banned" book doesn't make you a bad person; it does what reading any book does: it makes you smarter.

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