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 School Backs Down Over Book Ban
Charles
 Posted: Feb 13 2018, 09:28 AM
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School backs down over Tim Winton booklist row after backlash

ABC South West WA
By Jacqueline Lynch


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Photo: Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey says schools should "produce students who are capable of navigating an adult world".

A WA school principal upset by "abhorrent" reading material on the curriculum containing "vulgar language" and "explicit sexual innuendo" has backed away from banning novels by authors such as Tim Winton, Nam Lee and Craig Silvey after a community backlash.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Ted Kosicki, the head of Busselton's Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, slammed reading matter offered to students as "uncensored" and "crowded with inappropriate material".

He said the reading list for year 11 and 12 students would be reviewed after the school's executive agreed "as to its unsuitability".

It is understood he had received a number of complaints from parents about books on the year 11 and 12 English curriculum, including Silvey's novel Jasper Jones, Winton's Breath and Lee's The Boat.

Acclaimed author Silvey had joined in the debate, urging the school to reconsider.

"What literature affords our students is a safe means of exposure to challenging material," he said in a Facebook post which attracted a host of supportive comments.

"Trust your students. They're stronger, wiser and more capable than you might presume."

Parents and students told the ABC they were not consulted before the review was conducted.

"This is very disruptive to the start of a stressful time in these students' education," the mother of a year 11 student said.

"I am angry at the timing of this."

Another parent said banning texts would be censorship.

"It's a real worry. Where do we draw the line with censorship?" he said.

However in a follow-up letter today, Mr Kosicki said the English department had carried out a review and "no texts on this year's English list will be changed".

He said there was "never any suggestion" the books would be banned or removed from the reading list.

"We are comfortable with the age appropriateness of all these texts in the context of addressing the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority's approved syllabus," he wrote.

Former Georgiana Molloy teacher Rob Manning welcomed the decision to leave the reading list alone.

He said the texts had enriched the lives of many.

"Whether it's Shakespeare, [Tim] Winton, Jasper Jones or whatever, they provide that window to the world," Mr Manning said.

"These are valuable experiences that these students will learn from and grow from to take with them through their life."


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-12/principal-upset-by-vulgar-novels-backs-down/9424446

Common sense prevailed, though I expect Mr Kosicki still has some of the proverbial egg on his face. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/tongue.gif

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 Posted: Feb 13 2018, 08:22 PM
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The 'voices' of reason both parents and former teacher Rob Manning.


Parents and students told the ABC they were not consulted before the review was conducted.

"This is very disruptive to the start of a stressful time in these students' education," the mother of a year 11 student said.

"I am angry at the timing of this."

Another parent said banning texts would be censorship.

"It's a real worry. Where do we draw the line with censorship?" he said.



Mr Kosicki has been noted as another leftard prat. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/Smiley_Tosser_allert.jpg

The egg on his face is better than the crap rolling around in his head Charles... http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/wink.gif



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