A federal judge ruled this week that the Miami-Dade school district has to put the books back on the library shelves. You'll recall that last month the school board had voted to ban a series of books geared at kids because they had the audacity to depict Cuban children smiling. While the school board's decision is shocking--it was made after several attorneys and common sense warned them they wouldn't be able to defend the decision in court--the Judge's is not.
Um, wait. Again, I ask, are these seriously the things we're focusing on in education? Kids smiling in a book barely anyone reads, athletes posting on myspace, flags in college classrooms, an opinion on one issue from a lecturer teaching one class in a school of over 40,000 students? Seriously?