Research a book before you challenge it!

Think of your favorite board book or book from your toddler years.

Do you have fond memories of ” Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?” This children’s book staple was at one time a banned book. In 2010 the Texas Board of Education voted to remove ” Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?” by Bill Martin because of an author mix up. In the attempt to prevent a book titled ” Ethical Marxism : The Categorical Imperative of Liberation” from  being included in the curriculum a Texas school board voted to exclude the author Bill Martin. The author of ” Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?” is also named Bill Martin. The two authors are not related ( ” Children’s Author Snared in Mix-Up” 17).

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The error was later corrected. Who knew a a children’s board book could be confused for ethical marxism?

Works Cited:

“Children’s Author Snared in Mix-Up”. Education Week, vol. 29 , no. 20, pp. 17, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/02/03/20policy.h29.html  

Accessed 21 Aug 2017

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