Apparently, Sherlock Holmes was a bit off in his calculations.
The solution to a puzzle isn’t always elementary. Sometimes, it’s a matter best left to middle school children.
Or, at least, their parents. That’s the case in the Albemarle (Va.) County School District. As reported earlier this week by the LA Times, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet is no longer considered suitable reading for middle schoolers.
It’s not that the 1887 book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle contains explicit sexual content or foul language. Instead, parents objected to the book because they say it portrays Mormons in a negative light.
I’m little miffed. It’s not because the book has been banned. I love it when books are banned, because it makes them popular (or in this case, popular again). And I’m not mad because this is yet another case of adults underestimating kids and their intellectual abilities. I know there will always be parents who behave irrationally, just as there will always be school boards to give in to ludicrous demands to ban books.
What upsets me is that we’ve never had one of our books banned; I’d like the publicity! Between Traders Press® and W&A Publishing, we have more than 40 years in the publishing industry. In that time, none of our publications have been deemed ban-worthy.
We have a few that rise to the possible occasion, so I’ll just have to wait. A girl can dream, I guess.
Submitted for the disapproval of the Albemarle (Va.) County Board of Education is Trading in the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes: Balancing Probabilities for Successful Investing by Dr. Anthony Trongone. There isn’t controversial content (as far as I can determine), it doesn’t take potshots at anyone’s culture, ethnicity or beliefs (at least, I don’t think it does) and it’s not in any other way offensive (not to me, anyway).
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