Letter — Please respect convictions
I am writing in response to the recent Letters to the Editor regarding the high school’s choice of using the book “The Power of One” in their honors English curriculum.
A parent who expressed concern over the use of the book contacted me during the summer. After talking with my daughter, who was assigned the book, I decided to let her read it. I felt that the benefits of the book outweighed the negative aspects and that the violence, language, etc. was not gratuitous but rather in line with the theme of the story. Consequently, she finished it and claimed it was one of the best books she had read.
However, I was a little disheartened by the sarcastic tone of letters on the Editorial page. The letter writers seemed to think that parents who expressed concern about the book’s content were — at best — naive about the world our children live in or — at worst — censorious. To suggest that the concerned parents are living in “Pleasantville” and should “petition the cable company to dig up some old reruns of Ozzie and Harriet” is condescending and completely misrepresents the motivation of those parents.
Let me ask the letter writers this: why would a parent not be concerned with their 15- or 16-year-old child reading a book that if full of graphic violence, bad language and references to sodomy, among other things? The parents who raised questions put as much thought into protesting the book as I did in deciding to let my daughter read it. I commend those parents for their willingness to take a stand and I commend any student for the courage of their personal convictions if they chose not to read the book.
South Lake Tahoe
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