Thursday, July 14, 2011

Poo Poo Head Kicked Out of School; Another School Board Removes Another Inappropriate Book

What a pleasure it was to speak with Tammy Harris, a mother who stood up for her child and got another inappropriate book removed from another public school.   The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard, Harold Hutchins , and Dav Pilkey is the book.  The Harvey S. Brown Elementary School of the Channelview TX ISD is the school.

I can say it is starting to become more and more common to see this, and I believe it may be the result of the American Library Association's [ALA] Office for Intellectual Freedom slowly losing its grip on the clouding of the minds of local communities.  You see, the school superintendent, assistant superintendent, and the school librarian opposed the removal of a book that prominently featured feces, but the school board, following proper procedure after an initial complaint by Tammy Harris, removed the book anyway.  I believe it was ruled educationally unsuitable and pervasively vulgar, so, under Board of Education v. Pico, its removal was perfectly legal.  And it was not banned, despite how often the ALA uses that term and the media repeat it.

Squish - Bathroom Humor Elementary School Book Graphic

Enough of that, let's get to the facts:

    In summary, the poo poo head got kicked out of school!  Goodbye, Mr. Hankey!

    NOTE ADDED 16 JULY 2011:

    Here's the latest story on the matter:

    Children's book containing ALA propaganda.
    Clearly the book has a sense of humor.  To the right is a graphic showing where the book says, "Insert subliminal messages:  Think For yourself.  Question Authority.  Read banned books!  Kids have the same constitutional rights as grown-ups!!!  Don't Forget to boycott standardized testing!!!"

    Ha, ha, ha, that's really funny.  Too bad it is not true.

    In a major propaganda coup for the ALA, the book merely repeats ALA propaganda it uses when promoting National Hogwash Week: "Read banned books!"  In reality, no books have been banned in the USA for about half a century.  Further, as to the constitutional rights of children being the same as adults, the US Supreme Court said, among other things, "The interest in protecting young library users from material inappropriate for minors is legitimate, and even compelling, as all Members of the Court appear to agree."

    And apparently, Channelview ISD did just that and removed material inappropriate for children, including the ALA's propaganda.  Bye, bye, poo poo head!


    1. Have you taken any time to READ this book? Only the bad guys do the name calling and ultimately get punished for their behavior. It really has a good message about friendship and justice. This book was also written in a style to encourage kids to be creative. You should watch the Sir Ken Robinson video about the importance of creativity and education. It is time to READ the book before criticizing the book. Did you ever read the picture book, EVERYONE POOPS ?? Have you done the research about how to get autistic children and reluctant readers to have positive experiences with reading?

    2. Thanks for pointing out that "banning a book" is not the same as not pulling it from a school library. I personally believe the ALA’s banned book week is incredibly hypocritical. Asking that a book be removed from a shelf is just as much an act of expression as anything the ALA has ever fought to protect.

    3. Hey, Anonymous, women menstruate. Why don't books for children picture bloody tampons? You miss the point here: books like this--and the one you cited--should be in the Adult section of a library or be shown to kids by their parents, not teachers.


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