Whether I liked it or not, I was given four years worth of required summer reading in high school. And even though for many of those hours, I'd have rather been playing Super Mario Bros., those books opened my eyes to hundreds of things I'd never known before.
That's why it's a shame that the Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware cancelled its entire summer reading list this year. While you'd think that would elicit cheers from students, it's actually more of a collective, "boo."
The reason for The Summer of No-Reading is the book,The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Written by Emily M. Danforth, the novel is a coming-of-age story about a young lesbian who is sent to ex-gay conversion camp by her conservation aunt. Parents complained about the book's "foul language" so the school board kicked the book off the list.
But when that decision was met with opposition from Danforth and others, pointing out that other books on the reading list also included "bad words," the school board did the practical thing: it cancelled the entire reading list. Wait. WHAT?
I was lucky to attend a school that let me read about all sorts of lurid, dirty, controversial things that the Cape Henlopen School Board would gasp at. And now I'm a pretty well-adjusted adult. I'm going to pick up a copy of Miseducation today and follow it up with some viewings of Glee and Modern Family.