The Golden Compass Debate -Part 2

Well it seems that we really do have narrow minded school boards in a land of diversity! The Halton School board not only decided to pull “The Golden Compass” off the shelves but also all of the trilogy that the book is part of!

They did not decide to follow their own board’s book review committee either. They went out on their own stating it didn’t match with the values the board is trying to teach. Okay they maybe their libraries shouldn’t be paid for out of tax dollars if only one point of view is taught. If we are not going to encourage thinking children across the boards here in Ontario maybe we need to rethink what children in PUBLIC school should have access too, and who makes those choices. Should narrow thinking trustees rule?

There own committee said the books were suited for an audience of grade 7 to 10 and I agree, as that is what it is written for.

I will write more later tonight so expect this to get edited..

2 responses to “The Golden Compass Debate -Part 2

  1. The real problem is, that the SCHOOL is now trying to be the PARENT.
    I wouldn’t want my kids to read the books, and we definitely won’t be seeing the movie, but I’m their parent. I don’t want a publicly funded institute telling me what *they* think is appropriate reading material. That’s not their job. If they want to pull the books after a proper review per committee rules, and citing SPECIFIC examples of questionable material (i.e., child sacrifice) that’s different. But just yanking them because they think it’s a good idea based on media backlash for the movie – not such a good idea.
    There is a big difference between promoting a book (i.e., mandatory school assignment) and having the book available.

  2. There are far more evil things in this world than a book trilogy that deals with good and evil on an archetypal level, rather than God/Devil battle. The language is different and the metaphors more subtle and clever, and for those reasons, I would encourage my kids to read the books.

    Fear is an insidious thing and it’s apparently very alive and well in society today.

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