This news story from CNN about a teacher in Indiana who was fired for using the book Freedom Writers to get her students excited about English really got me angry. I found myself yelling at the moving picture of the school board president. She said that the teacher, Connie, was sending “students a very poor message, in that, if you’re told no, do it any way; if it feels good do it.” It seems to me that that is just not the case. Connie was standing up for what was right no matter what the consequences. I think that is an excellent message to be sending today’s students.
The teacher Connie has been teaching for 27 years and 149 out of the 150 students she was teaching got permission from their parents to read the book. This is a clear case of censorship and narrow-mindedness on the part of the school board. Is anyone one else aggravated by this?