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Missing the Point on PERSEPOLIS

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 13:48 -- Betsy Gomez

The attempt to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from Chicago schools awoke immediate protest among students, teachers, parents, and free speech advocates such as CBLDF. The circumstances behind the ban are still unclear, but a recent opinion article in The Atlantic gives a teacher’s perspective to the situation and takes Chicago Public Schools to task for a bureaucracy that interferes with learning.

In his article for The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky — an educational writer and curriculum developer who has more than 20 years of experience — discusses the various times that his own work has been proscribed by school administrations, his lack of surprise that an attempt was made to ban Persepolis, and how keeping children safe from “dangerous” knowledge has an adverse effect on education.

Read the full article at CBLDF.org.