The Miami-Dade County school board wants to ban a Cuban children's book called "Vamos a Cuba" from their libraries. The book is aimed at kids 5-7 years old:
It shows images of smiling children wearing uniforms of Cuba's communist youth group and a carnival celebrating the 1959 revolution.
I haven't seen the book, but it certainly sounds like propaganda from Fidel Castro's Communist government targeting young kids in Florida. The idea is to teach them to have a positive view of Cuba while they are too young to know the truth and hope that they retain that distorted image of Cuba as they grow older.
I see no reason why school kids in Florida should be subjected to propaganda from a foreign government. Kids should learn the truth about Cuba, not fairy tales. It is the responsibility of the school board and the libraries to collect books that will educate, not brainwash. This demands a process of selection and collection development.
Sadly, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the book must remain on the library shelves until a hearing July 21, apparently as a result of a lawsuit from the ACLU.
"Censorship" is not always a bad thing--not at all. Some books, in some circumstances, should be banned. This is one of them.
tags: libraries, miami, dade+county, cuba, children, propaganda