Illinois: School Board Member in O’Fallon, Calls Kids’ Book ‘Social Indoctrination.’ Parents Want Him Out”
From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
After a school board member here questioned the use of a book about a girl learning about social activism in a children’s program at the local library, dozens of parents, teachers and students showed up at a school board meeting Tuesday night to urge him to step down.
But the board member, Steve Springer, said he has no intention of stepping down. He said his concerns about the book and the library program that featured it have been misconstrued.
The book in question, “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” was featured in a program March 24 at the O’Fallon Public Library for children age 5 and older. The book follows a young girl named Justice who learns about historic figures like Charles Hamilton Houston, Paul Robeson, and Ida B. Wells in a conversation with her grandma.
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