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Book Banning Is Wrong Unless It Gets Me Out of Helping My Kid With His Homework

Book banning has always raised my hackles. Ayn Rand is a literary genius so when some hippie mom whose kid went to the same school as mine tried to get her work pulled from the school’s reading list, I told the principal she was selling pills. Whatever happened to free speech in this country?

Suffice it to say I was furious when I found out my kid’s school was cutting some very important reading from the curriculum. I try to be open-minded so I went to a PTA meeting, which is when I learned just how many books my kid was going to have to read. And since I’m a very proactive parent, that meant I’d be right there in the trenches with him to help analyze these books and study for his tests. Upon further review, they should be banning way more books because I’ll be damned if I’m gonna spend my limited free time helping out with all this work.

Parenting is hard work and, not to sound selfish, but I need my “me” time. Sure, I’ll help him out to a reasonable degree but does he really need to read a new book every unit? Whatever happened to the classics? Catcher in the Rye. To Kill a Mockingbird. The one with all the racial slurs. All banned! These were books I had already read and it’s gonna be a hell of a lot harder to help my kid with his homework if I have to learn something new.