Thursday, March 24, 2005

Television Censorship by the Numbers

The good news: In every single category, a majority of the people polled were against censorship.

The bad news: People in this country are still more willing to ban sexual content and nudity than violence. Only in America.

"Angus Reid Consultants - CPOD Global Scan) - Some adults in the United States want to enact tougher guidelines for the broadcasting industry,
according to a poll by Schulman, Ronca, & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs published in Time. 41 per cent of respondents believe the federal administration should ban cursing, sexual language and nudity from television."

Angus Reid Consultants

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Newberry Award winner stays in the classroom.

Jenne over at LisNews posted this article.

"Despite parent concerns, Blue Springs eighth graders will continue to read "The Giver" as part of their curriculum.

The Blue Springs Board of Education unanimously voted to keep "The Giver" on the district's approved reading list Monday. Board member Dale Walkup was absent because of elective surgery earlier in the day.

"After taking time to reread the book and discuss it with patrons of the district, I feel this is a good book for our students to read," he said. "The last chapter of the book shows Jonas fighting to break the cycle, and showing that it is wrong. The message is not about suicide or euthanasia, but about demonstrating to students that the government can't control us."

Rest of the article: The Examiner (Jackson County, Missouri)

Note, parents could have their children opt-out of reading this. But, of course, that isn't good enough for some.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

School Board Urged Not To Censor Students

Now, if it had just been the One Parent, asking to remove a book from the library, the School Board would have bent over backwards. Oooops, nope, bend over backwards might imply something that would upset some people.

"Mar 10, 2005 -- The majority among a dozen speakers at Tuesday night’s Loudoun County School Board meeting said they supported greater tolerance of homosexuality and opposed censorship of school plays. However, the majority of the school board members voiced opinions indicating they favored greater control over content.

Loudoun School Board Chairman John A. Andrews (Potomac) thanked all of the speakers for the civility they displayed in debating a subject that emerged in the wake of last month’s mini play Offsides performed last month as part of a montage called Postcards From Paradise at Stone Bridge High involving the topic of homosexuality and an implied kiss between two boys."

Leesburg Today