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1 wrenchwench  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 12:08:44pm

Pageworthy rant, for sure.

2 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 1:50:09pm

Actually, the problem I normally find in school libraries is that a lot of stuff has a long shelf life, remaining on the shelf a lot longer than the information in it remains good.

For example, there’s a friend of mine who used to teach science at a Catholic elementary school with what had been a FINE science section in 1965 or so.

From it, one student working on a report learned that ‘some day a Negro will go into outer space!’

3 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 1:51:06pm

re: #2 SanFranciscoZionist

Actually, the problem I normally find in school libraries is that a lot of stuff has a long shelf life, remaining on the shelf a lot longer than the information in it remains good.

For example, there’s a friend of mine who used to teach science at a Catholic elementary school with what had been a FINE science section in 1965 or so.

From it, one student working on a report learned that ‘some day a Negro will go into outer space!’

The kid was savvy enough to change that to “African-American”, but sadly, not enough so to wonder what might have happened in the decades since the book was published.

4 jhncsy  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 1:52:45pm

Perhaps we should just burn the books. That will solve the problem!

5 Romantic Heretic  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 2:58:44pm

Quelle surprise. Any person with an authoritarian mind bent is going to be opposed to freedom of information. It removes their power and offers hope to the downtrodden.

I’ve always thought that the main reason people like Mr. Perkins hated the Soviet Union wasn’t because they were opposed to Communism so much as they were jealous of the power The Party had.

6 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Thu, Apr 26, 2012 9:05:59pm

I have no idea if my school library was peddling facts, science, conservatism, fascism, communism, or luddite-ism.

They opened five minutes after school started, closed five minutes before school closed, and you could only get in with a pass, and then only if you wanted to skip part of class.

I have no idea why we had a library. Everyone I knew used the city library, which was actually open when you could get in.


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