Be Careful of the Summer Reading Lists!

Critical Race Theory is on our schools…all of them. This poisonous ideology has been silently infiltrating our classrooms through the curriculum, teacher-led discussions, and textbooks. They have a running start on us. The proponents have been subtle. Without us noticing, they have taken control of the summer reading list. They have slipped in anti-American, racial and sexualized topics to further the indoctrination of our children.


Most parents wouldn’t notice that all the books that they read and enjoyed are gone. In keeping with the CRT strategy of ‘centering’ non-white people, many of the books are written by BIPOC authors. Too many of them are activists. Who chose these books? Is there a committee appointed by the school committee that judges each book before it is included on the recommended list? What are their names? What do they think about critical race theory? How do parents, who don’t want their children indoctrinated into this toxic ideology, who think children should not be bombarded with sexual content, get on this committee? And why, except for Anne Frank’s Diary, are all the classics gone? No more Hemingway? No more Mark Twain, Faulkner, or Swiss Family Robinson? There are so many great novels that speak to all of us, why aren’t they on the list?


And why have the ones that are there been picked? Are they really examples of the best literature our children can read? Or are they dumbed down and intended to further the CRT narrative?


Over the past few weeks, I have been studying the Providence Summer Reading List for 2021 for High School. Every parent, grandparent, guardian, and community member must be vigilant. Before your children choose books to read, take the time to familiarize yourself with the subject and content of the books.


This is what I discovered in my quick perusal of the recommended books. Please keep in mind, I haven’t read these books. I have just read a summary and researched the authors. Parents may want to take more time to be thorough.


Mystery and Suspense

The Books included under Mystery and Suspense all seem fine. If I have any criticism, it’s that they seem to be geared towards a younger age group. I wish Sir Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories had been included, as well as the great works of Agatha Christie. These are classics and every child should have some knowledge of stories from our past. But as far as ideological subjects, I didn’t find them in this category.


Realistic Fiction/Romance

Again, the majority of these books are typical romance novels. A fair number deal with gay, lesbian and transgender relationships, sexual orientation, and social justice. Every parent must make a choice on how much sexual advocacy you want your child to read. I remember high school. It’s confusing enough without adults pushing sexual topics on children. Those topics, to my thinking, are best explored when a child reaches

adulthood and has a well-developed grasp of who they are. High school just isn’t the right time or place.


Current Issues

Whoa. If you want your child to take up activism, this is the category. Helping your community repair the playground, delivering Christmas goodies to elderly shut-ins or weeding the historic cemetery in the neighborhood aren’t on the reading list. Instead, racial grievance, Muslim and gay activism are.


Graphic Novels

This is another category that parents need to watch. The only book that you might recognize is Anne’s Franks Diary, a classic coming of age novel set against the horror of the Holocaust. It is well worth every child’s time.


The rest on the list are books dealing with intersectional issues, mental health and eating disorders, and queer, gay and other ‘marginalized’ groups. I noticed that many of the authors are people of color and/or gay/lesbian who include activism in their resume and in their writing. They’re not kidding!


Science Fiction/Fantasy

This category seems fine. I suppose critical race theory is hard to slip into a science fiction book. But again, I wonder why some of the classic books and authors are missing. Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Vonnegut, Bradbury and Stephen King are well worth reading. Do the books on the list really contain superior writing that elevates our children comprehension skills?


Historical Fiction

This is a mixed category. While half of the novels set their characters in an historic setting, there are also a few dealing with sexual orientation and a sharp look at the Japanese internment of World War II. It seems that whoever chose these books, just couldn’t stop themselves from selecting ones critical of the United States. But why not historical fiction within the settling of the American West, the bravery of a Civil War or World War

soldier, or the changes brought on by our American inventors. Subjects that help our children understand the bravery, hard work and resourcefulness that it took to make our country what it is today?


Non-Fiction

This is another category where critical race theory shows up… in a big way. If you want your child to be steeped in the grievance culture and learn to hate America, this is the reading list for them. Of course, the leader of CRT Ibrahim Kendi is on this list. He is making an absolute fortune, pushing his malevolent ideology onto every child’s reading list. He’s not the only one on this list. It is a poisonous collection of anti-American topics.


Bottom Line:

Your children should read, as much as they can. They should read books that broaden their

understanding of the world and improve their comprehension and vocabulary. They should read the best literature available, not ones that are chosen because of the skin color or sexual orientation of the author. Let our children be children and explore the world through books.


They don’t have to read the books on this list. There are better ones! And recommend the good ones to your friends and neighbors. Teach your children your values. Don’t give them to the CRT brigade.

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