Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Subversive Dr. Seuss Classic Banned for School

Is Dr. Seuss subversive? Well… maybe. But isn’t that half the fun? Not according to the Prince Rupert, British Columbia school district who recently banned Seuss’ Yertl the Turtle from district classrooms. From The Globe & Mail:
The quote in question – “I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights” – comes from Yertle the Turtle, the tale of a turtle who climbs on the backs of other turtles to get a better view.

In the midst of a labour dispute between the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and the province, the quote was deemed unsuitable.
The Globe story is here while The New York Daily News sneers prettily here.


Blogger J. L. Bell said...

The article suggests that it wasn't the book Yertle the Turtle that was removed from a classroom setting, but a particular quote with a political resonance.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:15:00 AM PDT  

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