Education

On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights

August 15, 2014
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On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights

As evidenced by the Ryan Matheson case, one of the risks we face as comics fans is the search and seizure of electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops when we cross international borders. Two recent decisions in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie seemed to offer some hope that our cell…

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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

August 15, 2014
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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

A Pennsylvania school board, which last month voted to ban Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school summer reading book, has reversed that decision at its subsequent meeting, the National Coalition Against Censorship has learned. As in so many other school districts this summer, the Ringgold school board initially failed to follow its…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Amelia Rules!

August 13, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Amelia Rules!

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the…

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In Defense of Smoking Scarecrows

August 11, 2014
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In Defense of Smoking Scarecrows

Last week, we reported on the controversy that erupted over Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which depicts a smoking scarecrow. Donaldson and Scheffler are also the creative force behind The Gruffalo, one of the most beloved children’s series in the United Kingdom and a series that has found a significant following here…

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Brunswick County Superintendent Stands Behind Part-Time Indian

August 8, 2014
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Brunswick County Superintendent Stands Behind Part-Time Indian

This week, Superintendent Edward Pruden released a letter that he sent to Frances Wood, the woman who is leading a campaign against Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Brunswick County, North Carolina. In the letter, Pruden tells Wood that he stands by the decision of the Cedar Grove Middle School…

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CBLDF Executive Director to Speak About the Comics Code at London’s Orbital Comics

August 8, 2014
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CBLDF Executive Director to Speak About the Comics Code at London’s Orbital Comics

Next week, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein takes the fight for the freedom to read to London, where he’ll speak at the British Library on August 17. At 7:30 p.m. on August 14, he’ll join comics fans at Orbital Comics to speak about the history of the comics code. From the event page: Legacy of…

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Parents Fume Over Smoking Scarecrow

August 5, 2014
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Parents Fume Over Smoking Scarecrow

First it was Santa Claus, then Bone. Now some parents are calling for the censorship of a new book by British children’s author Julia Donaldson because it shows a scarecrow smoking a cigar. Even though The Scarecrows’ Wedding portrays smoking as a risky behavior (especially for a scarecrow), at least one Amazon reviewer said the…

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CBLDF Executive Director Takes Fight for the Right to Read to London

August 4, 2014
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CBLDF Executive Director Takes Fight for the Right to Read to London

On August 17, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will take CBLDF’s fight for the freedom to read on another international trip, this time to the United Kingdom for “Sex, Censorship and Sensibility” at the British Library Conference Centre in London. Held in conjunction with the COMICA, the London International Comics Festival, which takes place August…

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Free Speech Groups Launch Cameron Post Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship

August 1, 2014
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Free Speech Groups Launch Cameron Post Essay Contest For Delaware High School Students In Response to Book Censorship

Eight organizations concerned about free speech and education are inviting high school students in Delaware to write a 250-500 word essay saying what they think school board members should know about Emily M. Danforth’s YA novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, before deciding whether it should be removed from a school reading list. Students entering the contest…

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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

July 30, 2014
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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

We have another good news/bad news situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a school district review committee last week unanimously rejected a parental challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska. But the challengers plan to appeal that decision to the full school board, and it turns out that two more books, The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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