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									                                Petition to Uphold Decency in Required Reading Assignments in Blue Valley
WARNING! Many books assigned for a grade in the Blue Valley school system include graphic and vulgar descriptions of sexual acts, murder, rape,
incest, pedophilia, bestiality, child molestation, and torture of people and animals. In addition, some contain an excessive use of profanity. Many
parents are currently unaware of this situation, and the books are assigned without prior parental notification of this offensive adult content.
We, the undersigned, petition the Blue Valley School Board to remove the following books from the required curriculum that do not pass the
selection criterion of Blue Valley policy 4600 which states: “The absence of vulgar language, sexual explicitness, or violent imagery that is
gratuitously employed.” A list of educationally rich replacements is provided.
                         REMOVE – Offensive Titles                                                 Suggested Replacements include…
Book                    Grade Book                                        Grade               (most recommended from CollegeBoard.com)
All the Pretty Horses    11   Hot Zone                                      12      The Count of Monte Cristo                             Moby Dick
Animal Dreams            12   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings               10      David Copperfield           The Narrative of Frederick Douglass
The Awakening            11   Lords of Discipline                           12      Don Quixote               One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
The Bean Trees           10   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest               11      The Good Earth                          The Return of the Native
Beloved                  12   Song of Solomon                               11      Ivanhoe                                         Robinson Crusoe
Black Boy                11   Stotan                                         9      The Last of the Mohicans                            Silas Marner
Fallen Angels            12   This Boy’s Life                              9, 12    The Mill on the Floss                             Treasure Island
                                                                                                                                 Uncle Tom’s Cabin
What has the U.S. Supreme Court said about this issue? In the 1982 case, Board of Education v. Pico, the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the
legitimate authority that school boards have in removing materials from the educational settings of school libraries and classrooms that are “pervasively
vulgar” or “educational unsuitable.” The Court maintains that the school board actions should reflect “community interest in promoting respect for
authority and traditional values be they social, moral, or political.”
                                                                                                                            Date of Signing
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