Molly Rosbach's recent special to the Herald was a classic example of "the straw man," a logical fallacy of erecting an entirely false premise as an argument, and then flailing away at that premise as if it were, in fact, a valid argument.
Ms. Rosbach divines the motives of those affiliated with "thebook.buzz.org" to "ban books," and to encourage parents to rely on teachers to determine what's appropriate for their own child.
The website specifically states, "This site covers book content and themes, not the literary merit of the books. This site is intended to supplement other sources of information, such as discussions with your child's teacher(s), to help you make the best choices for your children."
The website is transparent as to the criteria used for the ratings and provides parents with sufficient information so that they can focus on evaluating what is appropriate for their child.
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Ms. Rosbach makes the often touted claim that the "opt-out" policy has worked for years. This policy works fine for those who have never used it. However, for many who have, the resulting hostile learning environment created by some teachers and students does not make school feel like a "safe place."
William Doane, Richland
Editor's note: Do you agree with this criticism of Molly Rosbach's column. Read it online and judge for yourself.