Proposed anti-bullying books available for review
School district officials have released a list of books they’re considering to complement the district’s existing elementary school-level anti-bullying curriculum.
The 39 books on the list, which includes books from the California Department of Education’s recommended K-12 reading list for 2009 and books from private collections, include tomes intended to teach tolerance for students with different nationalities, races, religions, genders, disabilities and sexual orientations.
The books are available for review in Room 202E of the district office, 2200 Central Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A copy of the California Department of Education’s reading list will also be available (or you can check out a searchable list online).
If you’ve got additional books to suggest, you’ll need to do so by Monday, March 15. A list of recommended books will be assembled by district staff by Thursday, March 18 and sent to the Board of Education for their consideration at their March 23 meeting. The board would then be asked to approve the books at its April 9 meeting.
Anyone with questions or suggestions can contact Interim Assistant Superintendent Ruben Zepeda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last May, the board adopted an anti-gay bullying lesson to supplement the school district’s existing grade school anti-violence curriculum. But district officials later admitted that the curriculum didn’t do a good enough job addressing bullying based on race, religion, disability and other factors.
On December 8, 2009, the board voted to retain its existing Caring School Community curriculum for grades K-2 and to use a new set of anti-violence lessons, Steps to Respect, for grades 3-5. The board also decided to add a Links to Literature guide and to retain its anti-gay bullying lesson, dubbed Lesson 9, until a new curriculum intended to protect all six of the state-identified “protected classes” – race, nationality, religion, disability, gender and sexual orientation – was developed. Creating a list of books for the schools was the next step in that process.
The draft book list is below.