Ohio parents ask Milford School to ban historical fiction, during the time of the butterflies

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The Pearl, Ohio parents forced a suburban Cincinnati school district to review a book so famous for depicting historical events that it was made into a movie.

According to a report published by Cincinnati ApplicantParents of Milford Free Village School students want: In the time of butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, cut off because of ‘sex and harm’ and ‘unhealthy views on sexuality’ [et la pornographie]”Despite the novel’s historical relevance.

“THIS MINE CONTENT! Our 10th graders are forced to read this porn in school! Amy Boldt K posted in the Milford OH Neighborhood Group on Facebook on April 25. “I am unspeakably indignant.”

In the message, the woman claimed that Milford High School students had to read the book aloud in class and demanded that the teacher be removed from her post. Preview of content she deems inappropriate, Amy Boldt K provided a clip of a girl covering her breasts to prevent them from growing or they would expose her to unwanted male attention. She also shot scenes where the book’s heroines were sexually abused.

“This is only a small part of the book [sic]”, the woman wrote. “Did your parents care? It’s time to act.”

By Monday afternoon, the post had more than 700 comments and had been shared more than 20 times.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, the Milford Exempt Village School acknowledged that administrators had “received a request from citizens to… [Au temps des papillons] used in Grade 10 English Literature. †

“Whenever the district receives such a request, the district follows city council policy… which requires the inspector to convene a review committee,” said Krista Boyle, Milford communications director. know in the statement. “This committee is made up of seven members, including teachers, administrators and parents.”

On its website, the school board says it understands that some school materials can be controversial for students and that parents can, if parents so wish, choose alternative reading material for their child that includes the same “pedagogical goal”. The district also said it “does not authorize any individual or group to exercise moderation in relation to educational materials and library collections, but recognizes that there is sometimes a need to re-evaluate certain materials.” secure.”

In the time of butterflies is the fictional story of the Mirabal sisters, who resist the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. Inspired by real events, the book focuses on the murders of dead people. and the horrors of human rights during Trujillo’s dictatorial rule, the sisters’ resistance to his leadership, and the alleged killings of government forces. The novel was made into a film in 2001 and is rated PG-13.

Boyle told The Daily Beast that the novel embraces themes of “magic realism and hyperfiction” in human nature and raises questions about how trauma is caused by trauma. future generation.

Despite the fact that the novel is about real events, some members of the Milford community find it too much.

“Oh! This is R-rated,” a member of a nearby Facebook group responded to Amy Boldt K’s post about the clip. hey! wtf.

“This is inappropriate!!” Another member replied.

However, other community members and alumni have come to appreciate Alvarez’s novel.

“Man, this book is fine and has no pictures at all,” wrote Miri Lawrence. “When I was in 10th grade it was a really valuable learning experience for me. It’s one of the few books I’ve read and I still cherish it so much. Don’t tell the principal to stop giving this away book because it is so special and precious. Your child will be much more developed after reading it.”

“When I read this book in high school, I fell in love with it,” wrote Ashley Honsaker, a 2018 graduate of Milford High School, Dominican Republic at the time. And honestly, don’t even think twice about the sexual aspects of this one, other than what it tells the story about and how sex was experienced at the time. †

In a Facebook post to The Daily Beast, Honsaker, now a senior graphic design student, said she enjoyed reading the book as a sophomore.

“It was very enlightening and helped me understand what life was like in the Dominican Republic in the 1900s,” she said. “The most important lesson I learned from reading the book was a different perspective on world culture. … As a young woman, it was great to see a historical fantasy novel revolving around women at a time when they weren’t. were not always respected or equal.”

Honsaker said she believed the uproar was because people didn’t really understand the context of what was being written.

“I also think sometimes parents let their kids go and hold them back,” she said. “It’s extremely sad that in today’s society we teach our children not to judge a book by its cover and to be honest and fair, but so many parents in my community do the exact opposite.”

Other members of the Facebook group mocked critics for disagreeing with the novel’s content without actually reading it or finding a suitable alternative book for their children, according to district policy.

“Before posting it publicly, I really thought it would be more appropriate to have a conversation with the school,” wrote one member of the Facebook group. “I also suggest that those who have not yet read the book in question. I feel like too many people jump on social media without doing their due diligence. †

Milford Exempt Village School told The Daily Beast that the grading committee is reading In the time of butterflies and expects to complete the review by May 13. Alvarez’s representative did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.

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