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Delaware School Board Cancels Summer Reading List Rather Than Include LGBT Novel

The Miseducation of Cameron Post coverThe Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age novel about a young lesbian  sent to live with her conservative aunt after her parents die in a car crash. She is subsequently sent to a "de-gaying" camp where she develops a relationship with another girl who becomes her best friend.

The Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware removed the book from its summer reading list after complaints from parents, allegedly about profanity within the book, but the book's author emily m. danforth (who spells her name in lowercase) and others believe it was due to the subject matter of homosexuality.

When danforth and an AfterEllen campaign protested the school board's decision - a decision they reached by violating their own rules and deciding without proper investigation - the school board took the logical and completely not-crazy next step by canceling the reading list program altogether.

danforth responded with an open letter to the school board, stating in part:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post was included on a librarian-developed list that was part of a summer reading program for incoming freshman. You took the drastic action of removing the book from that list, thereby eliminating it as one of the books students participating in that program might choose to complete their assignment. Yes, my book is (apparently) still available in the school library--which is wonderful--but it is no longer a part of this important summer reading program because of a direct action taken by this school board. Period. That's the very definition of censorship, Mr. Brittingham. But surely you know this. (It does seem that this board rather likes to hide behind its rhetoric.)

The book, as she mentions above, is still available in the school libraries.

[via New Civil Rights Movement]

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  1. Censoring books is a great way to make kids much more interested in reading them.

    Posted by: David | Aug 11, 2014 5:19:16 PM


  2. I'm not for censoring books or dumbing down literature, but if you want to make sure your YA book gets to its YA audience and you're already exploring topics in it that you know will attract negative attention, why give the haters cover for their bigotry by including adult language in your book?

    There are kids of all orientations who will never see this book as kids because the author chose to stack the deck against her own work. To me, that just does not make sense.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Aug 11, 2014 6:34:52 PM


  3. like a freshman student doesn't know about this adult language..common...

    Next...

    Posted by: Me | Aug 11, 2014 7:06:53 PM


  4. Yes children the world is a different and sometimes unusual. But don't worry your pretty little heads. Keep them under the sand and everything will seem alllllllright. Sheesh.

    Posted by: greg | Aug 11, 2014 7:50:27 PM


  5. Isn't it kind of late for a summer reading program?

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 11, 2014 7:59:55 PM


  6. Stone the judgmental.

    Posted by: ReligionIsTheEnemy | Aug 11, 2014 8:57:27 PM


  7. Delawarean here: Equality Delaware claimed post marriage equality the education front would be the next arena we would see issues arise. Southern Delaware has been riddled with this for the past few years now.

    Posted by: Pat | Aug 11, 2014 9:19:25 PM


  8. "Adult language" = language kids use and hear every day. It's the flimsiest excuse imaginable for censorship unless you're a right-wing propagandist.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 11, 2014 9:34:29 PM


  9. Author gets amazing readership "bump" from idiotic Delaware School Board.

    I mean, this book will now be incredibly popular. That author should be thanking them. Ban a book and watch it hit the best-seller's list.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 14, 2014 6:12:41 AM


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