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Miami Schools Ban Kid's Book About Visiting Cuba  
User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3311 posts, RR: 30
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nat...-ap-cuban-book-ban,0,3654395.story

MIAMI -- A children's book about Cuba must be removed from all Miami-Dade County school libraries, the school board ruled.

In a 6-3 vote, board members decided the book -- "Vamos a Cuba" and its English-language version, "A Visit to Cuba" -- was inappropriate for young readers because of inaccuracies and omissions about life in the communist nation.

The book, by Alta Schreier, contains images of smiling children wearing uniforms of Cuba's communist youth group and a carnival celebrating the 1959 Cuban revolution. The district owns 49 copies of the book in Spanish and English.

The controversy over the book began in April when parent Juan Amador Rodriguez complained about its depiction of life under communist rule.

"The Cuban people have been paying a dear price for 47 years for the reality to be known," Amador Rodriguez, a former political prisoner in Cuba, told The Miami Herald. "A 32-page book cannot silence that."


Banning a book because it doesn't portray something (i.e. communism) in the light you'd like it to be seen? Sounds like communism to me...  Yeah sure


"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Sounds more like banning deceitful propaganda and shoddy writing to me.

Did you notice that they also pulled other books about countries other than Cuba for the same type of problems with facts?

Remember these are elementary schools, the kids really aren't old enough to evaluate what is believable or not.



Where are all of my respected members going?
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1425 times:

Great, a so called free country. Make fires and burn books. As I recall this happened in the last century in some countries.......

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13209 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

This involves a school system which can determine the books that are available and in a community that has very strong anti-Castro views of Cuba. If the book didn't note the serious political repression in Cuba under Castro that is unbalanced view. I am quite sure it wouldn't be withdrawn from a general Public Library in the city.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

Let's see.. what is the majority population in Miami?.It's not 2nd+ generation American whites, most of them left like rats off of a sinking ship. It's not Blacks as they haven't been able to escalate their population growth over the last 25 years. It's not Hatians as their growth rate has been limited by a strict immigration policy. It's not Latins other then Cubans because, once again of strict Immigration policy. It's certainly not Irish, French, and (as much as I dislike them driving in S. Florida) it's not the French Canadians. So the only ethinc distinction we know is partial to Miami, that has a VERY clear majority is the Cubans.

Now you may sit here and scream 1st ammendment all you want until you turn blue, but guess what. The first Ammendment means nothing to a constituent stuck on the eastbound Dolphin Expressway for 5+ hours trying to get to work, but can't because it's being blocked off by a bunch of Cuban protesters. trust me' it's a lot easier for the school board to look like the facists they rail against while running for re-election on 8th street, then to risk looking like chumps and have a massive county stopping protest.

Yeap, yet another reason I left the bannanna republic called South Florida..


User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Way to go Miami-Dade school board, taking a page straight out of Stalin's playbook. Irony anyone?


LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineNancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

When I first started teaching one of students was doing a report on South Africa. Now the encyclopedia in the library still listed apartheid as the law - this was pre-everyone-has-internet days - so we were leafing through it and to my amazement there was this glowing description of how everyone was happy under the separate but equal rule. I went out and got some books from the public library.

User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

The book is not factually correct. I could care less if it was about Cuba, Switzerland, Canada, or wherever... I don't think it is best for children to be reading something that is not factually correct.

And I enjoy living in the Banana Republic!

[Edited 2006-06-18 21:39:18]

[Edited 2006-06-18 21:39:59]

User currently offlineNZPM From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1323 times:

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 7):
I don't think it is best for children to be reading something that is not factually correct.

Is Little Red Riding Hood factually correct? Is Jack and the Beanstalk factually correct?


User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Quoting NZPM (Reply 8):
Is Little Red Riding Hood factually correct?

No, but everybody knows it's just dirty communist propoganda. BURN IT!!!


LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
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