We were in the midst of the candy tithing a few years back, when in a group someone commented, “What a good program for helping the kids learn to give.”
One of the dads in the group said, “I’ve been tithing my kids candy for years.” A chuckle went up, but the point was made, “We share things in our family, and as a parent, it is under my supervision that the kids make sure they share with me, too.”
Censorship looks different at home than it does at school. You determine what comes into your home via print, TV, internet. You would never welcome a stranger about whom you know nothing to babysit your children. Likewise you are vigilant about what they take in physically, educationally, psychologically. As parents, you set the rules for your children and within the domestic church of your home, you are the bishop. I pray your diocese is cooperative for the most part.
Reading and censorship is the challenge at hand. Getting some kids to read is a really hard sell, others read every word on the cereal box and any other print material that comes their way. For kids who will read anything it is easier to guide them well toward that which will most uplift their hearts, minds and souls. Then comes the challenge for the kids who don’t like to read as much, and are drawn toward some of the early reading series, that while not overtly negative, yet, reflect a lack of respect for which your child would spend a LONG TIME in time out if they reflected to you in reality. Some kids read the book, and seem to go on unscathed. Others take it in a bit more and the come down a notch in the respect they display to their parents, working against that which we would have for them.
You, as parents, are the ones who decide the rules for your child. We, as a Catholic School, are here to support you in your role as parents. We strive to help your children thrive as good members of your family.
Here kids are enjoying an A to Z Mystery, wholesome good literature by all counts.
Some books are great, others are over the edge and the decision to exclude is easy. RL Stine has a series that many kids like. The series of young adult literature which follows the one for elementary children has many inappropriate scenes. We don’t have carry the books in our library, in part because of the content of the children’s books, but primarily due to where the books lead the children.
I’d like to hear from you as parents about whether you think some of the books we have in our collection are worthy of being there. On one hand with technology use your kids are up against content much more potentially damaging than words on the written page (we use vigilance here with a filter that keeps me out of half of the content I need to see that is not offensive!). On the other hand, just because there are other issues we don’t ignore the ones that on our radar. Whatever we do we will not ban books with a lot of fanfare. The last thing kids need is for us to highlight inappropriate books to them. That’s why this is a parent newsletter not one for the children. We bring many issues before you we would not bring before the children.
We have read most of the books in our library but if there is another book about which you have a concern please let us know. I’d particularly like to hear from you about Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and/or Junie B. Jones. Nothing will happen today or tomorrow, but as we look forward and strive to be a support to you in our building of family life, I’d like to hear what you have to say. Feel free to comment here, or let me know in person what you think. Thanks, and may God bless us all.