Robert Wright, a San Jose middle school teacher, writes:
Obadiah and I are reading a discarded copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It’s a nice hardbound copy I rescued from the dumpster at school.
Inside, it is stamped with this message:
This book has been replaced for one or more of the following reasons:
Material is inaccurate
Does not meet district standards
Stereotypes gender or culture
Inaccurate, sure. Children can’t travel through wardrobes to reach magic worlds. Nobody can make it always winter and never Christmas. Stereotypes, yes. The powerful woman, the White Witch, is evil. (Though she gets points for being evil and white.) But I don’t get the part about district standards.
BTW, Tumnus the Faun is gay, right?