Editor: Mr. Henshaw [Letters, Nov. 8] should be careful about his requests. He, “would suggest that a first step to restoring trust with parents could be for the School Board to direct that all school library networks be configured to notify a parent by email or SMS message any time a student checks out any book containing graphic content.”
Let’s start with the word, “graphic” shall we.
This word is far too nebulous to assist the wonderful librarians we have throughout the Loudoun County Public School libraries. They are, undoubtedly underpaid and their resources would be insufficient for such a request. First, they would be left with the task of deciding what Mr. Henshaw or anyone opposing the books in question means by “graphic.” That is where Mr. Henshaw’s suggestion puts himself in a corner. How does he suppose they decide? What resources do they use to set up such a configuration? When does he suppose they do this? The whenis not as important as the how.
And then, back to my point of parents being in charge of their kids. Parents who share their values with their children, the values I heard so many speakers mention at the latest school board meeting, should have no worries in what their children choose to read because they would have set the tone.
Now, I am not naïve enough to believe that all children would respect their parents’ wishes. That would be ludicrous.
Freedom of choice is the issue here.
Parents who wish to deny students access to books because they deem them too, “graphic,” place their values on all of the students who attend our schools. Why should they be denied the freedom to access any book they choose to read? These books are not a mandatory part of the curriculum but rather cover topics that some students may be interested in such as things having to do with gender identity, relationships, culture, and the age-old topic of teen angst. Would Mr. Henshaw suggest that the Bible be removed? Shakespeare? Greek Mythology?
Francine Works, Leesburg