Who knew? When I woke up this morning, I thought that edu-daughter was the all-American girl. She’s fun, she’s chatty, she loves to laugh. She a little precocious, a lot sassy, and quite a bit alpha dog. She is also my princesa, a two-and-a-half year old who can do no wrong in the eyes of her daddy … until today.
Thanks to the Texas State Board of Education, I now learn that my daughter is also a Marxist. I had no idea. Now I know better. Thanks to the information posted by Robert Pondiscio of the Core Knowledge Blog here, my daughter has been branded a Marxist. Karl Marx. Friedrich Engels. And now Anna Riccards.
Why? It seems that some of the Lone Star State’s state board of education decided that Bill Martin, Jr.’s works simply cannot be taught in a Texas public school. And one can see how the work of noted Marxism scholar Bill Martin may be inappropriate fare for the average young student. After all, who wants to find Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation on the bookshelves between One Fish, Two Fish and I Love You, Stinky Face.
The problem, of course, is that there may be more than one Bill Martin, Jr. in the history of these United States. And there may actually be more than one Bill Martin who has actually penned a book. In fact, we know there. A Bill Martin, Jr. is also the author of beloved toddler book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
And it is that Bill Martin who was banned by the Republic of Texas. Brown Bear was put on the “do not read” list because of the supposed political leanings of its author. Texas thought they were banning the author of Ethical Marxism. Instead, they put the scarlet letter on a popular children’s author. And that’s a cryin’ shame.
But maybe Texas sees something we don’t. After all, the first thing the brown bear sees is a “red bird,” clearly an endorsement of communism. Brown Bear doesn’t seem to distinguish between the classes, with all animals being equal in the grand “seeing” scheme. And then, of course, we have the full menagerie of animals who are ultimately looking at the kids, clearly a bold attempt to issue the call for a proletarian revolution.
It’s a shame that some narrow, poorly researched, and downright incorrect thinking has resulted in banning what is a terrific little book for a pre-reader. But better safe than sorry, I suppose. It is just a slippery slope from Brown Bear to Cat in the Hat to a biography of Che Guevara. I could be ruining my daughter’s political future before she ever gets to run for first grade class president! No more questionable children’s books for her. From this point forward, we’re going to stick to Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.