LIBRARIANS VICTIMS OF SUPERIORITY OF THE PRESENT
By Frederick Meekins
March 22, 2001
author C.S. Lewis once remarked that the modern mind often suffers
from a condition known as "chronological snobbery". By
this, he meant the tendency of many living in this era to dismiss
the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of the past in favor of the
might hope that schools, and especially libraries, exist in part
to combat this intellectual disorder. Yet it turns out that our
educational institutions may rank among the key culprits propagating
an article appearing in the Gazette newspapers of Maryland, one
can conclude that suburban Maryland school librarians number among
those suffering from a particularly virulent form of the disease
and seem quite eager to spread it to susceptible young minds.
conducted by a professor at Western Maryland College found that
science and technology books on school library shelves around the
state are on average 20 years old.
Kerby, the Professor heading the study, told the Gazette, "Old
science books don't make sense. A book that's 11 years old is very
old to a 10 years old child."
usually expects such pea-brained malarkey from professors. However,
the climate of opinion is little improved among the frontline educators
charged with teaching America's youth.
media specialist (the politically correct term for librarian these
days) at a Maryland elementary school told the Gazette, "Especially
in science and technology, you shouldn't have a book that's more
than five years old."
statements are rife with the same kind of misinformation these librarians
would rail against had it been found in one of the offending aged
does not change that much over time. George Washington continues
to cross the Delaware regardless of the publication date. And while
science continues to make astonishing advancements, the world doesn't
change to such an extent every five years that library shelves have
to be purged like Stalin's politburo.
would also seem that in certain ways these educators are as academically
fickle and slanted as their Soviet counterparts.
scholastic bibliomaniacs would have us believe that a perfectly
good book published in 1996 ought to be tossed out with the rubbish
for promoting outdated ideas on par with the Ptolemaic geocentric
model of the solar system.
branch chief for school library services at the Maryland State Department
of Education reminds us, "You hate to get rid of books, but
you don't want misinformation on the shelves."
is it misinformation modern educators won't countenance or merely
those ideas standing in opposition to the system's agenda of secular
humanism? For there is little effort to expunge or even correct
the false information that happens to solidify the perspectives
favored by liberal curriculum specialists.
Donaldson broadcast a piece on "20/20" a while back ---
well within the arbitrary five-year timeframe invoked by the school
media specialists as sacrosanct --- exposing the ludicrous information
found in many textbooks. One American History text gave more coverage
to Marilyn Monroe than George Washington.
students might be better off reading the older books. At least that
way they would be acquiring the knowledge necessary to comprehend
their rights and freedoms as citizens. But then again, maybe that's
why certain educators want the older books off the shelf; after
all, an ignorant citizen is an easier controlled citizen.
hypocrisy regarding the acceptability of certain brands of inaccurate
knowledge while wailing like a banshee over "day old"
books is no where as evident as in regards to the topic of evolution.
evidence presented in favor of evolution is proof that some information
does not evolve with the increase in understanding.
of whether they were published in 1971 or 2001, most biology texts
used in public schools contain drawings depicting the stages of
human embryonic growth which Darwinists claim show the fetus migrating
through the phases of evolutionary development from that of a fish,
through other animal forms, up to that of a human being.
idea is known as "recapitulation". It makes a cute story
for the evolutionist, kind of like that of the dogwood blossom for
the Christian. However, it is a total fraud and has less business
in a science classroom than a reasoned consideration of creation
we hear the enlightened gatekeepers of humanity's bibliographic
heritage calling for a bonfire to protect gullible young minds from
the horrors of these incorrect assumptions?
should have access to whatever legal information they desire and
that their parents deem appropriate for them.
it doesn't have to necessarily come from the school library. Alternative
venues such as public libraries, the Internet, the Discovery Channel,
and (gasp) even public television exist. Just how advanced must
children's books be to begin with? They serve as brief introductions
to general knowledge, not as exhaustive dissertations on quantum
if teachers are unable to supplement information regarding breaking
developments in fields such as History, Current Events and Geography,
that speaks more to the sorry state of contemporary the teacher
than as a barometer of bibliographic decay.
school librarian arrogantly boasted, "Students couldn't possibly
be getting any information from a book that's 27 years old."
Hopefully, within this specified span of time, these appalling attitudes
displayed by these alleged preservers of mankind's literary accomplishments
will also become part of the forgotten past.
by Frederick B. Meekins