Letter: Books in school

February 16, 2014 

Meridian School District — where we’ve lived for 43 years, where our children attended school, where I taught for 27 years — has always made me proud. I’ve trusted that the best interests of our children were paramount. I’ve believed in the uprightness of character. But now I ask, when did you forsake decency for deception?

Our grandson’s sophomore English class recently read “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. Based on his reaction, I decided to read it. In my 70 years, I have never read anything so pornographic, filthy, vulgar, or profane. The language and subject matter are utterly deplorable. I am repulsed to know that the book has been in our schools — in our homes.

According to the district, this book was approved by “the committee” and must go through the proper channels to be removed from the approved reading list. Really. Trust has been breached. Irrevocable damage has been done to children under your stewardship.

Shame on you, district office, Dr. Linda Clark, and the few negligent teachers who failed our children. Common Core? Try common sense.

Despite my disgust, I will support the upcoming bond for the children and the many excellent teachers.


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