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Florida has started putting ‘warning’ labels on textbooks

A Florida School District has taken matters into its own hands and puts “warning” labels on the books.

“If you can’t ban it, put a warning label on it” smells good the day the PMRC took to court over 15 songs it considered the most offensive at the time, resulting in the ‘Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics’ sticker we know today. today.

It seems that history is repeating itself, like a Florida school district has adopted the method of sticking warning labels on books, iI am not attempting to warn students and parents if a book deals with homosexuality or racial issues. The label now appears on more than 100 physical books at Collier County Public Schools as well as their online catalog.

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Classics like, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou, are among the books targeted as worthy of caution, alongside the titles Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, Not all boys are blue by George M. Johnson, and Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

The warning label states: “This information notice is to inform you that this book has been identified by some members of the community as not suitable for students. This book will also be identified in the Destiny system with the same notation. The decision as to whether or not this book is appropriate shall be the decision of the parent(s) who have the right to supervise their child’s education under state law. »

The Florida Citizens Alliance, a group that recently backed the state’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” law, has taken matters into its own hands and highlighted a list of 112 books they claim. “contain sexually explicit and age-inappropriate content”, the neighborhood.

Stephana Ferrell, co-founder of the Florida Freedom to Read Project, shared that she received a phone call from Elizabeth Alves, associate superintendent of teaching and learning for Collier County Public Schools, who defended the decision to adhere to warning labels as “a compromise.”

Discuss the issue with NBCsaid Ferrel, “It’s a shame because it’s a literary work. The sticker they chose to put on it, the language they chose, would make any reader who would otherwise choose the book based on the cover and the description, it would make them think twice about to read the book.

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