Tuesday, October 03, 2006
"Multiculturalists" in Lincoln Public Schools Ban Books
"LPS mulls best Native books," by Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star, 3 October 2006, http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/10/03/top_story/doc4521bf0c8a4b7965832929.txt.
Recently, my blog friend Adam of The Metropolis Times highlighted Banned Book Weeks. Ironically, the day after Banned Books Weeks Ended, Lincoln Public Schools set to work banning some more
And in addition to seeking out the best Native literature it could find -- 128 new recommended books -- it took the unusual step of recommending school libraries remove 12 books from their shelves.
Here is a list of the books:
- “The Indian in the Cupboard” (1980) and the sequel “The Return of the Indian” (1986) by Lynne Reid Banks
- "Indian School: Teaching the White Man’s Way” (1999) by Michael L. Cooper
- "The Courage of Sarah Noble” (1954) by Alice Dalgliesh
- "The Matchlock Gun” (1941) by Walter D. Edmonds, illustrated by Paul Lantz
- "Brother Eagle, Sister Sky” (1991) by Susan Jeffers
- "Sitting Bull and His World” (2000) by Albert Marrin
- "The Place at the Edge of the Earth” (2002) by Bebe Faas Rice
- "My Heart Is On the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, A Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, 1880” (1999) by Ann Rinaldi (from Scholatics “Dear America” series)
- "Millie Cooper’s Ride: A True Story from History” (2002) by Marc Simmons, illustrated by Ronald Kil
- "The Sign of the Beaver” (1983) by Elizabeth George Speare
- "The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864” (1999) by Ann Turner
- "Wounded Knee” (2001) by Neil Waldman, illustrated by the author
Writes Doris Seale, co-editor of “Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children”
The best justifications are those that are explicitly racist, such as
Misrepresents Lakota spiritual beliefs and cultural practices. Relies too heavily on research by non-Natives.
for Sitting Bull and His World and
Misunderstanding of Navajos’ strong oral storytelling traditions (no child would take notes while an elder told a story). Pathetic attempts at Native humor. “Whitewashing” of Native experiences.
for The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864
"Books to avoid" about Thanksgiving from the same group that inspired this censorship list -- Oyate -- are available below the fold. A shorter version is also available.
Accorsi, William, Friendship’s First Thanksgiving. Holiday House, 1992, grades 1-2
Aliki, Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians. Harper & Row, 1976, grades 1-3
Anderson, Laurie Halse, Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving. Simon & Schuster, 2002, grades 1-4
Ansary, Mir Tamim, Thanksgiving Day. Heinemann, 2002, grades 1-3
Apel, Melanie Ann, The Pilgrims. Kidhaven Press, 2003, grades 3-5
Bartlett, Robert Merrill, The Story of Thanksgiving. HarperCollins, 2001, grades 3-5
Barth, Edna, Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols. Clarion, 1975, grades 2-4
Borden, Louise, Thanksgiving Is… Scholastic, 1997, grades 1-2
Brown, Marc, Arthur’s Thanksgiving. Little, Brown, 1983, grades 1-2
Bruchac, Joseph, Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving. Harcourt, 2000, grades 2-4
Buckley, Susan Washburn, Famous Americans: 15 Easy-to-Read Biography Mini-Books. Scholastic, 2000, grades 1-2
Bulla, Clyde Robert, Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims. Scholastic, 1990
Celsi,Teresa, Squanto and the First Thanksgiving. Steck-Vaughn, 1989, grades 1-2
Clements, Andrew, Look Who’s in the Thanksgiving Play! Simon & Schuster, 1999, preschool-2
Cohen, Barbara, Molly’s Pilgrim. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983, grades 3-4
Conaway, Judith, Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do. Troll Communications, 1986, grades 1-3
Crane, Carol, and Helle Urban, P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet. Sleeping Bear Press, 2003, grades 1-4
Dalgliesh, Alice, The Thanksgiving Story. Scholastic, 1954, 1982, grades 3-4
Daugherty, James,The Landing of the Pilgrims. Random House, 1987, grades 4-6
Davis, Kenneth C., Don’t Know Much About the Pilgrims. HarperCollins, 2002, grades 2-4
DePaola, Tomie, My First Thanksgiving. Putnam, 1992, preschol
Donnelly, Judy, The Pilgrims and Me. Grossett & Dunlap, 2002
Dubowski, Cathy East, The Story of Squanto, First Friend to the Pilgrims. Dell, 1990, grades 3-4
Fink, Deborah, It’s a Family Thanksgiving! A Celebration of an American Tradition for Children and Their Families. Harmony Hearth, 2000
Flindt, Myron, Pilgrims: A simulation of the first year at Plymouth Colony. Interact, 1994, curriculum for grades 3-up
Fritz, Jean, Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? Putnam & Grossett, 1975, grades 3-5
George, Jean Craighead, The First Thanksgiving. Puffin, 1993
Gibbons, Gail, Holiday House, grades 1-2:
Thanksgiving Day. 1985
Thanksgiving Is… 2004
Greene, Rhonda Gowler, The Very First Thanksgiving Day. Atheneum, 2002
Hale, Anna W., The Mayflower People: Triumphs and Tragedies. Harbinger House, 1995
Hallinan, P.K., Today Is Thanksgiving! Ideals Children’s Books, 1993, grades 1-2
Harness, Cheryl, Three Young Pilgrims. Aladdin, 1995, grades 3-6
Hayward, Linda, The First Thanksgiving. Random House, 1990, grades 1-3
Hennessy, B.G., One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims. Viking, 1999, grades 1-2
Jackson, Garnet, The First Thanksgiving. Scholastic, 2000, grades 2-up
Jassem, Kate, Squanto: The Pilgrim Adventure. Troll Communications, 1979, grades 3-5
Kamma, Anne, If you were at…The First Thanksgiving. Scholastic, 2001
Kessel, Joyce K., Squanto and the First Thanksgiving. Carolrhoda, 1983, grades 3-5
Kinnealy, Janice, Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving, A Book of Drawing Fun. Watermill, 1988, grades 1-2
Koller, Jackie French, Nickommoh!: A Thanksgiving Celebration. Atheneum, 1999, grades 2-4
Marx, David F., Thanksgiving. Children’s Press, 2000, grades 1-2
McGovern, Ann, The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving. Scholastic, 1973, grades 2-up
McMullan, Kate, Fluffy’s Thanksgiving. Scholastic, 1997, grades ps-2
Melmed, Laura Krauss, This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story. HarperCollins, 2001
Metaxas, Eric, Squanto and the First Thanksgiving. Rabbit Ears Books, 1996, grades 1-3
Moncure, Jane Belk, Word Bird’s Thanksgiving Words. Child’s World, 2002, preschool-1
Ochoa, Ana, Sticker Stories: The Thanksgiving Play. Grosset & Dunlap, 2002, grades 1-2
Osborne, Mary Pope, Thanksgiving on Thursday. Random House, 2002, grades 3-5
Parker, Margot, What Is Thanksgiving Day? Children’s Press, 1988, grades 1-2
Peacock, Carol Antoinette, Pilgrim Cat. Whitman, 2004, grades 1-3
Prelutsky, Jack, It’s Thanksgiving. Morrow, 1982, preschool-2
Rader, Laura J., A Child’s Story of Thanksgiving. Ideals Children’s Books, 1998, grades 2-4
Randall, Ronnie, Thanksgiving Fun: Great Things to Make and Do. Kingfisher, 1994, grades 1-3
Raphael, Elaine, and Don Bolognese, The Story of the First Thanksgiving. Scholastic, 1991, grades 1-2
Rau, Dana Meachen, Thanksgiving. Children’s Press, 2000, grades 1-2
Roberts, Bethany, Thanksgiving Mice! Clarion, 2001, preschool-1
Rockwell, Anne, Thanksgiving Day. HarperCollins, 1999
Rogers, Lou, The First Thanksgiving. Modern Curriculum Press, 1962, grades 1-3
Roloff, Nan, The First American Thanksgiving. Current, 1980
Roop, Connie and Peter:
Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving. Millbrook, 1999, grades 3-5
Pilgrim Voices: Our First Year in the New World. Walker, 1995, grades 3-5
Ross, Katherine, 1995, grades 1-3:
Crafts for Thanksgiving. Millbrook
The Story of the Pilgrims. Random House
Ruelle, Karen Gray, The Thanksgiving Beast Feast. Holiday House, 1999, grades 1-2
San Souci, Robert, N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims. Chronicle, 1991, grades 1-3
Scarry, Richard, Richard Scarry’s The First Thanksgiving of Low Leaf Worm. Little Simon, 2003, grades 1-3
Schultz, Charles M., A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Simon & Schuster, 2002, grades 1-3
Sewall, Marcia, Atheneum, grades 1-3:
People of the Breaking Day. Atheneum, 1990
The People of Plimoth. Aladdin, 1986
Thunder from the Clear Sky. Atheneum, 1995
Siegel, Beatrice, Walker, grades 3-5:
Fur Trappers and Traders: The Indians, the Pilgrims, and the Beaver. 1981
Indians of the Northeast Woodlands. 1992
Silver, Donald M., and Patricia J. Wynne, Easy Make & Learn Projects: The Pilgrims, the Mayflower & More. Scholastic, 2001, grades 3-5
Skarmeas, Nancy J., The Story of Thanksgiving. Ideals Publications, 1999
Sorenson, Lynda, Holidays: Thanksgiving. Rourke, 1994, preschool-2
Stamper, Judith Bauer:
New Friends in a New Land: A Thanksgiving Story. Steck-Vaughn, 1993, grades 1-2
Thanksgiving Fun Activity Book. Troll, 1993, grades 1-4
Stanley, Diane, Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation. HarperCollins, 2004, grades 1-3
Stiegemeyer, Julie, Thanksgiving: A Harvest Celebration. Concordia, 2003, grades 2-4
Tryon, Leslie, Albert’s Thanksgiving. Aladdin, 1998, grades 1-3
Umnik, Sharon Dunn, ed., 175 Easy-to-Do Thanksgiving Crafts. Boyds Mills Press, 1996, grades 2-up
Waters, Kate, Scholastic, grades 3-up:
Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast. 2001
Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy. 1993
Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl. 1989
Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times. 1996
Weisgard, Leonard, The Plymouth Thanksgiving. Doubleday, 1967, grades 1-3
Whitehead, Pat, Best Thanksgiving Book, ABC Adventures. Troll Communications, 1985, grades 1-2
You mean The Indian in the Cupboard isn't historically accurate?
We'd better get to work banning historically innacurate books that put native Canaanite peoples in a negative light as well. For that matter, some of these books seem to have an anti-European bias as well.
Posted by: Adam | Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Some of the selections reminds me of a recent controversy at my college, where the student newspaper both ran an article including the phrase "students of color"  and an editorial blasting the U's President for insensitivity and racism for using the phrase. 
They argue themselves in circles. If it wasn't leading to actual censorship it would be hilarious.
PS: Don't forget to digg!!
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Tuesday, October 03, 2006
public schools are a pathetic joke ..filled with a bunch of crazies who do nothing but push their own political agendas--: change agents, outcome-based educationers, multiculturalists, pederasts, liberals, christians, etc. Of course, that was my experience..
What the hell is a masters of education degree anyway? Shouldn't they have real degrees.. you know, in fields of study that actually confer some useful benefit upon mankind?
Posted by: Dan | Wednesday, October 04, 2006
My very first post was on the terrible state of public education , so I agree with you there.
Masters of Education degrees tend to be very technique oriented. Master of Arts degree in educational fields -- for example, the degree of Master of Arts in Educational Psychology -- tends to be focused on academic concerns that apply to the technique.
Have you checked out Lounsbury? You seem to have a similar style of writing :-)
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Wednesday, October 04, 2006
The "native Americans"( can I use the word Americans?) were anything but the noble savages many think they were. Each tribe named themselves "The people" or "The human beings" because they felt they were superior to their neighbors. They had no love for one another and were constantly at war with each other. Before the evil white man reintroduced the horse (it had been hunted to extinction by the Indians) they would set the plains on fire to drive the buffalo over cliffs and bluffs. They would then butcher as many as they could carry and leave the rest to rot. Left to their own devices they very well could have hunted the buffalo to extinction too. But after the European horse was introduced they were able to selectively kill the buffalo and the herds started to come back. Until the white man started to hunt them. No, they were just human beings trying to survive as best they knew how. I think that is the best way to look at them and the fairest. In their hearts they were no worse or no better than the white man. They just had different ways of dealing with their lives. The Wampanoag Indians of Plimoth brag that their people have lived on that site for 12,000. After that long you would think they would have developed a more sophisticated culture than wearing animal skins and shooting bows and arrows.
Posted by: kent | Saturday, November 17, 2007
Kent, a good book on the subject is GUNS, GERMS and STEEL by Jared Diamond.
The short and dirty version is this: Because of geographical limitations, among others, there were relatively few domesticable species on hand when the Indian's ancestors arrived. Fewer still after they hunted most of the biggest animals to extinction (like you said, they weren't always that noble). Because they couldn't grow their own animal protein or rely on animal labor, their abilities to become agricultural societies were limited. The fewer the opportunities for developing agriculture, the fewer the opportunities for learning new technologies.
Posted by: Michael | Saturday, November 17, 2007
That said, I wish I could say I was surprised by the events in Lincoln:P The history of political correctness is one of self-cannibalism, the proud identities of one generation becoming the shameful chains of the next.
Posted by: Michael | Saturday, November 17, 2007
Also consider that nearly aspects of "domestic" man (cows, cities, etc) were developed in the middle east at about the same time. Other societies, such as the Chinese and the Europeans, benefited from the spread of these technologies out of south-west Asia. While there were pre-Columbian contacts between the Old and New worlds, Amerinidans were at a disadvantage.
There's all sorts of interesting things related to pre-Columbian New World populations that I do not understand. For example, IIRC every New World species of dog is extinct.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Saturday, November 17, 2007