school district of pennsylvania An index of banned books compiled by Penn America, a free expression nonprofit, has banned a series of “Girls Who Code” books for younger readers.
These books are four of over 1,500 unique book titles banned by schools nationwide after conservative book censorship.according to report Pen America announced in April that 138 school districts in 32 states have banned books from classrooms and school libraries.
Recent Updates to Penn America’s Banned Books index The Central York School District said last year it banned the books The Friendship Code, Team BFF: Race to the Finish! and Lights, Music, Code! Spotlight on the coding club! The school district has over 400 banned titles in its index.
The Central York School District received national attention last year after it banned resource materials such as children’s books and documentaries that were listed in 2020 by the Diversity Commission. The Student and Parents Coalition successfully pushed the district forward. withdraw the ban After public pressure.
and statement Explaining the ban on Diverse Resources, then-school district board chair Jane Johnson said: It leans more toward edification than age-appropriate academic content.”
Central York School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Girls Who Code series ban.
The series features a group of girls who become friends in their school’s coding club. The series is affiliated with Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that runs computer her coding clubs and programming in schools for girls.
Girls Who Code CEO and founder Reshma Saujani has expressed her anger over the series being banned.
“We use these stories to teach kids to code,” Saujani said. business insider“This felt like a direct attack on the movement we’ve been building to get girls to code.
“This is an opportunity to understand how big this movement is for our children and how much we need to fight.”
Saujani said a group called Moms for Liberty, a conservative non-profit group formed in 2021, is pushing for the book ban through local chapters across the country and is responsible for the series’ ban in the Central York area. The organization has advocated Media watchdog Media Matters has banned books about race and LGBTQ+ themes, including those about the civil rights movement, saying the books are “sexually explicit.”
Aggressive campaigns to ban books in schools and Library Across the country, the culture wars of the past two years have escalated. Campaigns to ban books have always existed in the United States, but the movement gained momentum in his 2021 conservatives. took Aiming at an academic “significant race” theory, he turned it into a buzzword that stoked fear of the liberal ideals taught in the classroom.
According to Penn America’s Banned Book report, many of the banned titles deal with LGBTQ+ themes or use non-white characters. I presume you are pushing for a book ban. These groups have gained a lot of attention through social media with lists of titles distributed.
The campaign seeks to deflect accusations of racism and bigotry by claiming it targets material that is offensive or inappropriate for children.
Pen America estimates that 41% of banned books deal with LGBTQ+ themes, while 40% have main or secondary characters of color.
Jo Whittemore, author of the Girls Who Code book, said: twitter: “Some people choose fear instead of focusing on how great, empowering and inspiring these books are.”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/26/pennsylvania-book-ban-girls-who-code Pennsylvania School District Bans Girls Who Code Book Series Pennsylvania