Delaware School Board Nukes Summer Reading Program Rather Than Let Kids Read Book About Gay Teen

  • What horrors could await the precious ninth-grade snowflakes of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware after they read The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, a YA novel about a gay teen? Concerned parents were not about to find out! Back in June, the board had removed Cameron Post from the list. After some negative attention and accusations of bigotry, they appear to have just eliminated the entire reading list. Citing profanity in some of the books — which included modern classics like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, both of which I have read and which are TOTALLY appropriate for 9th graders — the board is just not going to have 9th graders do summer reading. Sigh. These parents know that 14-year-olds (and their friends) use the Internet, right? And that there’s gay stuff all over it?! Oh well, at least with no summer reading list anymore, kids have more time to spend online! [Delaware Online, Cape GazetteBoing Boing]
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