Most of the information populating the document is from third-party external sources and reviews such as the School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly or the National Secondary Library Association. Other information, such as the relationship to the district’s curriculum maps, will be linked to district resources.The School Library Journal is whacked out. Really whacked out.
I would expect to find the miscreants from that journal lurking in alleys dressed in trench coats. Yet, there they are, right out on the frontline of public policy, looking downright respectable under their seemingly professional masthead.
There was a time - not that long ago - when peddling perverse material to children was an offense; if not a legal offense, certainly a moral one. Yet, now it appears that the world has flipped and the defenders of morals are the evil ones.
The miscreants run free as they slowly chip away at the foundations of society - family, church, etc., and their misdeeds are supported by the public school system. Why? Your guess is as good as mine (though I do have a couple of pretty good guesses.)
The Olentangy School District uses the School Library Journal in place of common sense. Why? Laziness, maybe. Some other reason? Possibly. Regardless, the district allows the nuts at the Journal to set age appropriateness for school reading lists. Wow.
A while ago, someone sent me a compilation of bizarre books along with excerpts and associated School Library Journal reviews and grade levels. Amazing stuff; most of which would bring down this blog if I posted them here.
Here is a sample posted on Amazon.com. Please note that this is one of the least offensive reviews I could find. And remember, the district uses the crazies at the Journal as their authoritative source for reasonableness. Hey, Olentangy! Is there even one adult under your roof?
from Its Perfectly Normal at Amazon - because you want your fourth grader reading this stuff, well they do anyway:
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-A wonderful guide for young adolescents setting sail on the stormy seas of puberty. Packed with the vital information they need to quell fears and make wise decisions, this "sex manual" uses of clever cartoons to enliven and expand the text. Frank yet playful, they portray a reassuring array of body types and ethnic groups and illuminate the richly informative, yet compact text, allowing readers to come away with a healthy respect for their bodies and a better understanding of the role that sexuality plays in the human experience. Birth control, abortion, and homosexuality are given an honest, evenhanded treatment, noting differing views and recommending further discussion with a trusted adult. The dangers of STDs, teen parenthood, and sexual abuse are examined. The inventive use of a bird and a bee that react to the topics throughout artfully contrasts the differing views of early and late bloomers. Like any book that depicts naked bodies and sexual activity, this one is sure to inspire a few giggles in the stacks and be likely to disappear. But what it offers in scope, currency, and a cheerfully engaging format is quite special. An ideal introduction to "coming of age."-Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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