From 1973, a heartfelt letter from Kurt Vonnegut protesting the burning of his books by an American school board:
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Wow, had no idea such objectionable things took place in American schools at any time (except, of course, during the two World Wars where children were encouraged to burn German books). I did know of the terrible practice of discarded textbooks being destroyed when they should be sent to third world countries where they are desperately needed.
It's true, why should they have to burn the books when so many schools could use them in the poor countries. This is such a waste... I just got my rn bsn online I could never bear to just my books, they were vital for my education, they made me who I am. No protest in the world would make me do that.This message has been edited. Last edited by: philnic,
Well, now! Looky here.
DS, AH! You've struck a nerve!
I read yesterday that a public library is facing the removal of the Holy Bible because of its faith related substance. My!? And now your link to the complete elimination of books, a la 451.
Mandated "Common Core" demands have also taken away most fictional reading in our schools, grades 2-12. Imagine!? When only the NON-FICTION is being served up on a platter of mixed-techno bits, who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. So, all in all, those fine young students all become just another brick in the intended wall.
As Montag walked the school house hall: "2x2is4.2x3is6.2x4is8.2x5is10.Again,students!"
Well, we need many more Albert Brocks, William Stendahls, "Once upon a time" - Old Men, and case-upon-case of those wonderful, golden bottles of Grandpa Spaulding's Dandelion Wine.
"Peter and Wendy" with vocal commands and touch screens, they all are becoming.
I escaped to the "book people forest" at just the right time. I could not exist in a classroom today. Books!
Ironically, as I tapped away and looked up, I smiled at the sight of a very nearly discarded copy (at the exit door, in a pile) of Cowboys Songs and Other Frontier Ballads (John A. Lomax & Son, Alan Lomax). It rests just at arm's reach way.
Then, when I pick it up, out slid a photo of Skip Gorman, who visited and played in our small town - when the boys were true "scruffs"!
Also rescued nearby, there rests Works of Charles Dickens, old and leather bound, smiled upon, with all of its companions, by a library of Mr. Bradbury's timeless titles. Fahrenheit 451 Editions standing tall among them all.
Here is Mr. Skip Gorman: An historian of times our culture once so joyfully and proudly knew. Take my books..."I think NOT!"
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