Last week, we published a story about a conservative backlash against the MIT Press book Communism for Kids, which tries to teach kids about the political philosophy through an illustrated fable. Our readers had varied responses, from agreement with the backlash to fear of censorship to suggestions for related “grown-up” books that might be adapted. Here is what a couple of them had to say.
“As a liberal, I’ll go on the record to say that I’m bothered by the publication of any book that promotes the ideology behind communism without a discussion of how it has repeatedly failed in its implementation. Kids should know that what may seem nice on paper doesn’t always translate in reality.” —Philip Wilentz
“I would also like young people to learn, alongside discussions of communism in theory and practice, that capitalism is not without a body count as well. Perhaps Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle could be adapted as a children’s book for this purpose.” —Erin O’Riordan
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