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There is a clear cut distinction between censorship and selection only
when we don't avoid adding a title based on morality or objectionable
content. Many of our colleagues have posted that they were deciding
based on moral content, so that, I think, makes it censorship?

Geneva wrote:

I wanted to make sure that censorship and selection were two different

things. So I looked them up on  They are defined as such: 
censor: 1 : a person who supervises conduct and morals: as a : an
who examines materials (as publications or films) for objectionable
matter b 
: an official (as in time of war) who reads communications (as letters)
deletes material considered sensitive or harmful
To select: 1 : chosen from a number or group by fitness or preference 2
a : 
of special value or excellence : superior, choice b : exclusively or 
fastidiously chosen often with regard to social, economic, or cultural

3 : judicious or restrictive in choice

Incidentally, I learned today that a 2nd grade teacher stopped reading
"The Five Chinese Brothers" to her class because it was not "school
appropriate". This is all a slippery, messy slope, but I know our
intentions are for the best.


Laura Brooks
Library Media Teacher
Amerman Elementary School
Northville, MI

"Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not."
 -The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

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