To The Daily Sun,
The morals of a community determines the society of that community and that society will determine the system of government (town and school).
I have read the book "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. Was it ordinary moments in a teen's life? Was it joyous or depressing? In my opinion the book does not focus on eighth-grade reality, but takes away precious moments, feelings, and attitudes. It is not the decision of a school board to determine the food for thought that parents want for their children.
Did the Gilford School Board see the faces and thoughts of the students, kids who would never really be kids again? I found the material to be distasteful and I praise William Baer for protecting his daughter and speaking out to the parents and public. Some parts of the book instructs kids how to sneak around without their parents' knowledge. Kids are still very, very impressive at this age. We must all remember that our children belong to the parents, and that Mr. Baer's constitutional rights were abused by the local school district and the police.
School curriculum should be centered around the development of academic skills, critical thinking and high literacy.
"It is by the Goodness of God that in our country we have those two unspeakable precious things: freedom of speech and freedom of conscience." This is a quote from Mark Twain.
What has happened to English class? Mark Twain wrote and spoke on universal, vital subjects — the meaning of life, friendship, integrity. His proverbs have become an important part of everyday life — they are widely and wisely quoted. "On with the dance, let Joy be unconfined, is my motto" This is appropriate for the classroom.
I attended the Belknap Convention/commissioner's meeting last March, there was a law enforcement officer standing in uniform and listening to the public input about issues at hand. People became loud and disruptive, but they were not arrested and prosecuted, they were allowed their constitutional right of freedom of speech.
I have called the courthouse in Laconia. I encourage all parents and grandparents to attend in support of our freedom of speech and our right to voice what we want our children to read. The date is Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 a.m., at the Circuit Court, 26 Academy St., Laconia. It is a hearing to dismiss the case. It is early, but We the People need to be present. I will be there.
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