Texas School Board Bans Illustrated Edition of The Diary of Anne Frank




According to a recent survey conducted by the Texas State Teachers Association, 70% of surveyed teachers said they were seriously thinking about leaving the teaching profession. “Lingering stress from the pandemic is a factor, but it isn’t the only one. Inadequate pay, political attacks on educators and the failure of state leaders to protect the health and safety of students and school employees also have combined to drive down the morale of teachers to the lowest level in recent memory and endanger our public school system,” TSTA President Ovidia Molina said.

We recently saw how Texas’ educational system has become a vast political minefield, with conservative legislators attempting to ban 800+ books from school libraries–primarily because the books make students feel “uncomfortable.” This week, the Keller Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas decided to cancel an acclaimed illustrated adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, echoing the recent decision by a Tennessee School board to ban Maus, the Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel on the Holocaust. The ban of The Diary of Anne Frank was triggered by a parent complaint, which the right-leaning school board decided to honor. Why would thinking people want to opt out of teaching in the Texas educational system? It’s not hard to imagine.

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  • DM says:

    The title is misleading. It’s a version of the Diary of Anne Frank. Not an outright ban. That doesn’t make it ok and TX is going downhill fast but your title is misleading.

    But I’m guessing you knew that when you used it. Clicks

  • Avery Linnard says:

    The Amazon Editorial Reviews of ‘Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation’ suggest that the book is enlightening and wholesome. For example:

    “How does one breathe new life into a tale that is now so familiar that it risks losing its power to shock and instruct? Folman and Polonsky, the duo behind the film Waltz with Bashir, use the right tools to show us how it’s done.

    Some may ask why Anne Frank’s story needs a graphic adaptation, but the beauty of these pages provides the answer. It gives readers a strong visual idea of what Anne’s secret annex behind a bookcase was like, where she struggled to make sense of her short and tragic life. Another panel shows a hypothetical wedding day that will break your heart all over again.” – Lindsay Pereira, HuffPost”

  • Kyle Tracey says:

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/anne-frank-diary-banned-texas/

    Snopes says there is no ban of this book in Texas. This is just clickbait to make it look like “conservatives” are banning books i.e. like nazis or something.

  • Carl says:

    They also banned The Bible. That’s hilarious! What goes around, comes around!

  • OC says:

    Snopes says: The book “was temporarily removed from school district bookshelves for re-review due to a newly enacted policy and set of standards. However, this did not constitute a ‘ban.”

    Excuse us, but if books are being removed from libraries for political reasons, but not technically banned, that seems like a distinction without a difference. Until the books are returned, they are being censored.

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