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Good Wednesday morning to you!

“Ban that book. I don’t agree with it. No, not that book. I agree with that one. Keep it. Just get rid of the ones I don’t like.”

Sound familiar? That is exactly what is going on right now in school districts across America and right here in central Iowa.

Yes, book banning has been a hot subject as of late, especially with the changing of the guard on many local public school boards. Those who want certain books removed have legitimate points — at least from their perspective — but I fear that these efforts are damaging to free speech and, ironically, resulting in the opposite of what the book banners’ intentions are. Let me explain.

First, there should be a clear distinction between books in a public school library and books used for instructional purposes in classrooms. Books used for instructional purposes should be evaluated, scrutinized and carefully selected. Most public school districts have curriculum processes in place to address this. You have every right to inquire about that process and judge it appropriately, but banning books that are simply available in a public school library is another matter.

Second, most of us read to learn, to exercise our brains and to grow our knowledge of a particular subject. With that in mind, how much will we learn by only reading books that fall in line with our own opinions? And how can we expect young people to grow by limiting access to all kinds of ideas?

Third, tell a child not to do something, and you can bet that the youngster will do all he or she can to explore it further. I guarantee that most any banned book will be read more after the banning than before. Believe it or not, there is this thing called the Internet that kids are using today, regardless of what is or isn’t in a library.

And finally, it’s OK to be exposed to things we don’t agree with. Those differing views create healthy debates that we all learn from, and that includes our youth.

So if you don’t agree with books used for classroom instruction, let your voice be heard. You might want to serve on a committee or even run for school board, but we shouldn’t limit a child’s access to books that simply don’t fall in line with a certain person’s points of view. As Jo Godwin said, “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” As it should.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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FROM KCCI: Schools announce early dismissals ahead of severe weather Wednesday

The National Weather Service is warning of severe winds and possible tornadoes Wednesday. Multiple school districts have already issued closings and early dismissals ahead of the severe weather. See a full list here. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: MidAmerican Energy deploying crews in position ahead of high wind warning

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Joppa opens new facility to help those experiencing homelessness in Polk County

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new facility to assist Polk County residents experiencing homelessness officially opened its doors on Tuesday.
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Meet Brooke Cooper: First-year educators finds support and lessons from co-workers.

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Originally from Ankeny, Brooke Cooper graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2021. Being from a larger town, Cooper says that she was drawn to the close-knit community of Adel and the welcoming nature and kindness of the people who work at Adel Elementary School. She teaches first grade for the Adel-De Soto-Minburn Community School District, and says she enjoys working with kids.

“They have such a vivid imagination and excitement to learn more about the world around them, and I wanted to be the one to bring that new information to them. First grade students definitely encompass both of these personality traits as they are always so intrigued to learn anything new and love to share their ideas and questions,” she says.


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