The School Board of Dade County, Florida has decided to remove children’s books about Cuba because, among other things, they fail to mention Cuba is a dictatorship and Castro is a bad person. Actually, the books are really geared to teach geography to young children and are not political in any sense. But, the Dade County School Board wants to make certain children do not know anything about Cuba or about Castro. The solution is not to teach children about Cuba or Castro. Let’s pretend Castro and Cuba do not exist.
My only question is: If the Dade County School Board wants books to tell about dictators, does that include the dictatorial regime in Saudi Arabia? Or, will all mention of Zimbabwe disappear from geography?
New York Times June 7, 2007 “Arguments Over Removal of Schoolbooks on Cuba”