Gene Ponder, a teacher of Advanced Placement Government/Economics at Spanish Fort High School, compiled a list of 31 books for summer reading. Students only had to choose one book. Nearly every book is of the conservative to libertarian variety.
To no one’s surprise, there was a general freak out by the establishment statist educators.
Baldwin County Board of Education President Shannon Cauley told Gulf Coast News Today that she became aware of the issue through social media and alerted the superintendent.
“As a courtesy, the school principal called to let me know that the list had been removed and assignment canceled,” Cauley said in a Facebook post. “He’ll be sending an email to all senior students/parents to notify them that there will be no summer reading assignment for this AP government class.”
Superintendent Eddie Tyler confirmed that in a statement, saying the teacher had removed the reading list. It is no longer on the school website.
“Mr. Ponder’s reading list that is going around on social media has not been endorsed by the school system,” Tyler wrote. “The list has been removed by the teacher. Baldwin County Public Schools has a process to vet and approve reading lists so that a variety of sources are used. I expect all employees to follow our processes, procedures and policies.” (Miami Herald)
As I was going down the list, I thought I saw one of my books on the list — God and Government. Alas, it was a book of the same title written by Chuck Colson. The list would really have been banned if any of my books were on the list.
Considering the liberal claptrap that public school students get, Mr. Posner’s list is a needed counter balance. One of the basic educational elements missing from our nation’s schools is teaching students to think critically…