Dear Editor,

Thank you for your editorial in praise and support of teachers.  Some of the instances you cited, of educators (teachers, school boards, librarians) under attack by people, either ignorant, or with political agendas, have a rotten odor to them. “Ratting out” and “spying” on teachers for teaching “divisive” curriculum are the companions of book banning. Dealing in truth may be temporarily disturbing, but in the long run guarantees our freedom.    

P. E. N. the national organization supporting the rights of authors and publishers, libraries and schools, warns of the many fronts on which appropriate freedom of speech in print is under attack. (go to https://pen.org/banned-in-the-usa/). 

Current events associated with SCOTUS make a few words from Margaret Atwood (author of The Handmaid’s Tale—a novel recently banned in Leander, Texas.) appropriate: “I had thought America was against totalitarianisms. If so, surely it is important for young people to be able to recognize the signs of them. One of those signs is book-banning. Need I say more?”

Long live the dedicated professionals who nurture, inform, and instruct us, cradle to grave!

Tom Spence

Buffalo

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