A Florida school has banned elementary students from reading several works in its library, including: the hills we climbPoem written and read by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of Joe Biden as President.
The poem will now be available only to middle school students at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes, Florida. According to Miami Herald.
The poem, which received international acclaim, was reportedly challenged by the parents of two students for referencing critical race theory or gender ideology.
The Parents, Daily Salinas also challenged the three books; Black History, the ABCs of Cuban Kids, country in news cuba, And love langston, The newspaper reported.
Ms. Salinas told To inform in Spanish that she is “not to eliminate or censor any books” but wants appropriate material that would allow students to “know the truth” about Cuba.
A school committee made up of three teachers, a library media specialist, a guidance counselor and the school principal made the decision Countries in News Cubawas “balanced and age-appropriate in vocabulary and presentation” and will be kept available to all students.
It was determined that four other works were “more appropriate” for middle school students and would be moved to their area of the school library.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed several laws targeting education in the past year, including a measure that prohibits honest discussion of race and racism and another that limits gender or sexuality from kindergarten through high school. Prohibits related classroom instruction, which opponents have called “Don’t Say Gay” laws.
That’s why they banned my book from young readers, confused me @oprah Fail to explain which parts of my poem they object to, refuse to read any reviews, and offer no alternatives…unnecessary #bookbans These are on the rise, and we must fight back 👊🏿 Donate here:… pic.twitter.com/p96dlnrSp4
— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) May 23, 2023
There has been an increase in the number of book challenges across the state since the enactment of the law, Herald informed of.
Ms Gorman took to Twitter on Tuesday to mock the ban and posted the submitted form claiming the poem was written by Oprah Winfrey.
“So they ban my book from young readers, confuse me with (Oprah Winfrey), fail to specify which parts of my poetry they object to, refuse to read any reviews do, and offer no alternative… Such unnecessary book bans are on the rise, and we must fight back,” she tweeted.