This Canadian high school is removing books published before 2008 in effort to be more "inclusive"
· Sep 17, 2023 ·

This is what inclusion looks like, people.

Yes, this school really dumped all of the books published before 2008 from their library…

In the name of inclusion.

Inclusion: the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

Yeah, I believe — though I haven't consulted with the experts — that this removing of books published before 2008 is the exact opposite of inclusion. But hey, maybe I'm crazy.

Let's look at this:

A Canadian public high school has sparked outrage for removing all books published before 2008 in a so-called push to make its library more inclusive for students.

Erindale Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario culled roughly 50% of its library books — including the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series — under a new "equity-based book weeding" directive implemented by the Peel District School Board earlier this year, CBC News reported…

The school's controversial move was made after the Minister of Education issued a wider directive to school boards earlier this year in a bid to ensure library books were more inclusive.

"Equity-based book burning" would be more like it. And here I thought conservatives were supposed to be the ones "burning books" these days with their removal of pornography from school bookshelves.

Now liberals are doing it, too?!?!

I wonder if there are any pornographic queer books published before 2008, cuz we wouldn't want to get rid of those, now would we?

Just a thought.

The school board did clarify here, and hopefully they come after the high school in order to figure this whole thing out.

"Books published prior to 2008 that are damaged, inaccurate, or do not have strong circulation data (are not being checked out by students) are removed," the board said in a statement.

Damaged books with strong circulation numbers will be replaced regardless of the publication date, while older titles can remain on shelves if they are "accurate, serve the curriculum, align with board initiatives and are responsive to student interest and engagement," the board added.

"The Peel District School Board works to ensure that the books available in our school libraries are culturally responsive, relevant, inclusive, and reflective of the diversity of our school communities and the broader society."

Book burning can be complicated…

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce had this to say:

"Ontario is committed to ensuring that the addition of new books better reflects the rich diversity of our communities," Lecce said in a statement.

"It is offensive, illogical and counterintuitive to remove books from years past that educate students on Canada's history, antisemitism or celebrated literary classics."

Bro, did you just say "celebrated literary classics"? Don't you just mean "books written a long time ago by white people"?

Try again, cuz you're about to be eaten alive by the left.

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