Is the Battle Over Books?

Image result for cs lewis heroicSome have asked over the years why we don’t participate in Oregon’s Battle of the Books.
From the works of Laura Ingalls and “Little House on the Prairie” in 2nd Grade, to Tolkien’sHobbit” for our blossoming young ladies and gentlemen in 5th Grade, to Homer’sOdyssey” in 7th and “Don Quixote” in 11th Grade… our children are influenced by what they see/hear/read/absorb from the world around them. Why not give them real stories?
As a classical & Christian school we have our own set of reading lists and this includes literature’s “Great Books” and classics that have stood the test of time.
This counter cultural approach to learning is a movement sweeping the nation and Geneva Academy is one of  only 3 ACCS member schools in Oregon!

Recently the Oregon Battle of the Books organization published their Book Titles for the 2018-2019 school year and one of the titles has caused some pushback from many Oregon parents about the age-appropriateness and overt sexual overtones of a title selected for 3rd-5th Grade students; including 8 and 9 year old students.

Here is an excerpt of an article published by Prepare the Way of Bend, Oregon:

The book list for next year’s Battle of the Books (2018-2019) in Oregon has brought a great deal of controversy due to one book on the list for 3rd-5th graders, George, by Alex Gino. The main character in George is a child who lives in a boy’s body, but feels he is a girl.  Many parents have passionately expressed concern to us because the book has many references to various sexual topics that are in no way age appropriate to introduce to a 3rd grader in a school setting.

Regarding p0rnography, the book mentions the word “p0rn” and goes so far as to describe how to hide internet searches. We know from our experience as parents, if our kids see a word they do not understand but are curious about, they simply do a “Google” search. How will that internet search go for all the young students reading this book and googling “p0rn”? Although we have internet protections in place, many households do not, and protections do not always work as planned. Concerned parents have expressed that if parents would like to introduce those topics to their young students, they have the right to do so at home. However, that decision should not be forced upon all students and parents in Oregon public schools.

Parents, it is possible to Redeem the Time.  —Or rather, the opportunity, whenever it arises. Ephesians 5:16 encourages us to do so. What are your children reading? And to what end?  And… the real question could be WHY? Who is charged with the exhortation to train up our children? We, the parents? Or the state?

Geneva Academy might be the right fit for your child’s education and it may not be ~ but we will gladly help steer you toward options that might fit your family’s values and educational goals! Drop us a note! 

“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.” C. S. Lewis