A couple of weeks ago I saw something on the news that I found totally ridiculous and downright disturbing. If you have a little one in your life, whether she/he is your own son/daughter or your niece or grandchild, I am sure you know and love the book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Don't you love this book??? And who is reading it? We are. To our dear little ones. And what does it teach? Colors!! I remember discovering this gem when Kristin was less than two. Oh how we loved this book. It's still in our house. Ryan likes it too! It's in pretty good shape, considering it has survived 3 children. So far there is nothing disturbing or ridiculous about this is there?? Of course not.
What is ridiculous is that (sorry Texans)for now this book and another one called Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation are not being included in the state of Texas' curriculum. Why? Well apparently it is because the author's share the same name. Bill Martin Jr. wrote our beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear book along with many others. He wrote(past tense here) many children's books. Past tense because, I didn't know this, but he died in 2004. The other author, Bill Martin had his work published in 2008.
Can anyone please explain to me the reasoning behind this? My kids do not know or care what Marxism is. Ryan wouldn't even know who wrote any of his books he loves to hear. Except maybe Dr. Suess. And even that is a stretch. And what are the odds he or any other kid would confuse the two? Seriously, can somebody explain this to me.