Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Motley fool

Gregg MotleyThe Pitch Weekly profiles Gregg Motley, spokesman for the censoring parents of Blue Valley. For a couple years now, a group of parents have been whining about the content of books in classrooms and libraries of their suburban Kansas City schools. Motley dismisses award-winning titles like Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy, Boy's Life by Robert McCammon, This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff and Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers.

The Pitch explains how the system works:

Blue Valley labors to inform parents about book content, sending home a letter at the beginning of the school year outlining the books that students will be assigned, Edwards says. Blue Valley also maintains a Web site that summarizes each book; recaps any profanity, sexual content or violence in a movie-rating-style warning; and explains each book's purpose in the curriculum.

Parents who don't approve of a book can request that their children read a different title, Edwards says. They also can pull their children from the class.

ClassKC members say these remedies only single out their children, isolating them from classrooms. They say other kids tease their children.

So, rather than having their children sit out a particular lesson when they object to a specific book, parents are trying to change the curriculum for everyone else's kids.
The Pitch also chronicles Motley's self-described porn addiction, and his struggle with his wife's death and the death of a foster child who had formerly lived with Motley and his wife. After that, "Motley realized that he and God had shared a similar experience. God allowed Jesus to be crushed. Letting Brian go back into foster care, Motley had inadvertently let Brian be crushed."

And if he's like God, why shouldn't he be able to keep other people's children from reading great literature.