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Dr. Seuss deemed too political for B.C. students

An elementary school teacher in British Columbia, Canada has been told that her use of a quote from Dr. Seuss’s Yertle the Turtle was too political for her students, and must be kept out of B.C. classrooms.

For those of you outside of B.C. the teachers union is currently in the middle of a lengthy contract dispute with the local government where their right to strike has been suppressed, which sheds a little light on why this book, published in 1958, is now gaining attention in B.C. schools?

The quote in question was “I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom we too should have rights.” The acting director of instruction for the School District said:

“It’s a good use of my time if it serves the purpose of shielding the children from political messaging, I don’t consider it’s taking a stand on the dispute. It’s a matter of legality and living up to our obligation to children and their families.”

It should also be noted that the teacher, who has now met with the school district to discuss acceptable standards, did not actually read this to her students but brought this quote onto school property on material she was using for a meeting with management about the job action.

What do you think? Harmful political messaging, or irony thicker than pea soup?

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