Right-wing group slams kids’ books on seahorses and Martin Luther King

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Books about Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges, Native American history, African legends, and the mating habits of seahorses have been branded “not suitable” for young children by a group of right-wing parents in Tennessee.

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Moms for Liberty (MFL), a national conservative campaign founded in January to oppose left-wing views in education, is fighting to ban a curriculum that allows children between the ages of seven and eight to be taught under Tennessee’s new law. Under teaches about America’s history of racism. “

Robin Steinman, the head of the chapter for the MFL in Williamson County, a suburb of Nashville, wrote to the state Department of Education in June that the “dark and divisive” curriculum “makes children hate their country, each other and/or themselves”.


Yet this campaign ranges from the history of the Plains Indians (“portrays white people in a negative light”) through cannibalism in Greek myths, to a book about animals that focused heavily on venomous people, For has become a bag of objections of parents.

A spreadsheet of parent reviews circulated by the Williamson County Chapter of the MFL, First reported by the Daily Beast, 31 Books names are not appropriate for their age grade.

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One parent objected that too many details were given about seahorse sex

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One parent objected that too many details were given about seahorse sex

It raps Francis Ruffin Martin Luther King Jr. and the March to Washington Marks Ruby Bridges’s autobiography for including the N-word, for including pictures of political violence, and criticizes an article about Alabama Police Chief Bull Connor’s infamous brutality towards civil rights protesters Which gives a “negative view of firemen and police”.

Why do mosquitoes ring in people’s ears? A storybook describing a West African folk tale has been marked as inappropriate because an animal dies. Seahorse: The shyest fish in the sea The seahorse fails to give much detail about breeding, with female seahorses depositing eggs in a male’s pouch, where they conceive and hatch.

Other books are marked as suitable but criticized on ideological grounds. A book about the astronomer Galileo Galilei has been accused of being too negative towards the Catholic Church, which convicted him of heresy and placed him under house arrest for life.

Tennessee’s Republican government has banned schools from teaching children that anyone is “privileged” because of the color of their skin or from making students feel “discomfort, guilt.” [or] suffering” because of their race or gender.

The law specifically targets critical race theory, a school of legal philosophy that has been reconstructed by conservative activists as a catch-all term for teachings about race that are “divisive” or hateful toward white people. .

MFL asks state officials to retire A course called Wisdom and Wisdom, which was created by Washington DC non-profit Great Minds and focuses on texts about race, civil rights, and colonialism.

The Galileo Affair, as depicted in ‘Starry Messenger’ by Peter Seuss

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The Galileo Affair, as depicted in ‘Starry Messenger’ by Peter Seuss

on its website, the Williamson County chapter of M4A claims that the spreadsheet only represents the views of individual parents who have submitted reviews of each book.

But Ms Steinman, who has no children in the county’s public schools, has touted parental reviews. in a presentation and reiterates some of the same points in his letter.

In a statement posted on her chapter’s website, Ms Steinman said she was not seeking schools to ban any books, but rather to change the age at which they teach.

She said that her group did not object to individual books, but instead instructed teachers on curriculum and lesson plans on how to engage them in class exercises and discussions.

He said: “The books are quite heavy in themselves. Marry the teacher manual, and you have nine weeks (34 lessons) on injustice …

“If only none of the bad and the good are presented, then it is no wonder we have children who are suddenly ashamed of the color of their skin, feel oppressed because of the color of their skin, and their country. The ideology and agenda of Wisdom and Wisdom is unmistakable.”

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