“Fences,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play about a Black family dealing with racism and family tension in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, has been seen by thousands of people since it debuted in the 1980’s and millions more saw the Oscar-nominated movie version in 2016.

But the book was removed as an 11th grade curriculum “anchor text” by Loudoun County Public Schools earlier this year. Daniel Adams, an LCPS, spokesman, said he didn’t know the reason for the removal.

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SMH at the nonsense

I think Mencken's View's quote is a little extreme....I hear ya......--but so is banning books, at least the ones that have been so widely praised and accepted. But what the hay, let's do it the super-nutso way like in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and let's just pile up the banned stuff and burn it. Don't forget to bring your sheets and hoods!!!

Mencken's View

Mencken's quote is sarcasm. This is the man whose acid reporting on the Scopes trial enraged "Christians" across the nation, some of whom hoped tp lynch him.

SMH at the nonsense

Thank you for the clarification--I did not know it was sarcasm, although I'd hoped!

Mencken's View

“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”

― H.L. Mencken

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