Granite Bay parents tried to ban books, movies and shows

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Last year the Roseville Joint Union School District implemented a new approval process for parts of the curriculum at the district level, eliminating 900 different materials for its English classes, Hannah Holzer wrote in a column last week. This year, English teachers have been asked to submit any additional materials that require approval and it turns out that there are around 70 additional materials on offer.

From now on, “a small vocal group of granite bay parents” protest the majority of them.

These parents created a publicly available Google document citing concerns ranging from the alleged promotion of “critical race theory” to “education as activism” to simply nasty topics.

Holzer writes:

“I had to study most of these texts in high school and college. Whether today’s students do it or not, they are sure to be confronted with difficult issues like suicide, race, and sin – whether on the page or in real life. Isn’t it better for them to be willing to think critically about these issues than to pretend they don’t exist? »

Opposite books include Flannery O’Connor’s the new fame “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (1953), for its treatment of subjects such as murder, sin, selfishness and guilt; Joyce Carol Oates’ 1991 short story “Life after high school” because it deals with homosexuality and suicide; Jamaica Kincaid 1978 story “Girl” for depicting a mother-daughter relationship that lacks “warmth”; and by Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story “A Very Old Man with Huge Wings” (1968) because it’s “an attack on (Catholicism) and how empty religion is”.

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Robin Epley is an opinion writer for The Sacramento Bee, with a focus on Sacramento County politics. She was born and raised in Sacramento, was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chico Enterprise-Record team for Campfire Coverage, and graduated from Chico State.

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