Monday, March 6, 2023

School board: Resign or be Arrested

On Sun, Mar 5, 2023 at 7:15 PM Albert wrote:

You know the saying, "Trust, but verify?"

The video gives the impression that child pornography is given to children.

It is helpful to have context.   The book in question is

Mayor Craig Shubert made the statement during Monday night's board of education meeting after multiple parents complained about the content of some writing prompts contained in a book called "642 Things to Write About" provided to high school students who are taking a college credit course called Writing in the Liberal Arts II.

The book contains prompts such as, "write a sermon for a beloved preacher who has been caught in a sex scandal," "describe your favorite part of a man's body using only verbs," "choose how you will die," and "write an X-rated Disney scenario," according to

Other prompts asked students to "write a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom" and then "rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you'd let your mom read." It also asked students to drink a beer and "write about the taste" and to list what television shows would be on their DVR list if they were serial killers.

The book also contained less provocative prompts such as describing the worst Thanksgiving dish or writing about the perfect day as an astronaut.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh Tuesday released her decision, along with a blistering rebuke of the mayor in a six-page report detailing her office's investigation into the false claim and the scores of threats against school board members that followed.

The report concluded that the book — which contains no pictures, drawings or graphics — is not pornographic.

The school's principal, Brian Wilch, said at the board meeting that the school learned about the prompts last Friday.

"We did not exercise due diligence when we reviewed this resource and as a result, we overlooked several writing prompts among the 642 that are not appropriate for our high school audience," he said at the meeting.

"We feel terrible. At no time were any of these inappropriate prompts selected or discussed but still they were there and they were viewable and you can't unsee them. So for this oversight, we did issue an apology today to our students' parents."

The principal said the school is in the process of collecting the book from students.

This almost looks like a political stunt, but I am not saying that it is.

In my opinion, high school students taking college-level courses are probably mature enough to deal with a book that has some text inappropriate for their age level.  The teachers could even point out that some parts are inappropriate and are not part of their assignments.

Of course, there may be better books.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

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