Virginia School District Cancels Dr. Seuss Ahead of Read Across America Day
Added 02-27-21 04:38:02pm EST - “"As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss."” - Legalinsurrection.com
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“As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss.”
The Loudon County Virginia school district has decided to distance their Read Across America Day activities from what has traditionally also been a celebration of world-famous children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday because of “racial undertones,” according to an article at The Daily Wire.
Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel, or Dr. Seuss to most of the word, was born on March 2, 1904. In 1998, the National Education Association designated the day as “Read Across America Day,” in an effort to young children excited about reading. The day was, for more than two decades, marked with activities that centered on the beloved children’s author.
The memo obtained by The Daily Wire, regarding the Loudon County school district’s decision, reads:
“Realizing that many schools continue to celebrate ‘Read Across America Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is important for us to be cognizant of research that may challenge our practice in this regard.”
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