Battleground Essay

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Critical Review of Battleground 	In Battleground, Stephen Bates narrates the account of a court case in a small Tennessee town. The court case started with a mother helping her child with a reading assignment. This mother could not believe what she was reading. This mother’s name was Vicki Frost, who was a home keeper. Frost went to the school and told the principal what she thought about the books. She believed that the books went against everything she taught her children. She believed Satan wrote these books. She took her children out of class during reading time, from that point on. When the school told her that her children would fail if they didn’t attend class, Frost was astounded. After many battles with the local school,…show more content…
I believe the school district did not know what to think of the situation at first, but when a mother starts pulling her children out of class, "what can they do?" This would not be fair if the school district let the Frost children skip class and still get credit for the class. The school district talked to Frost almost everyday about the situation. Neither side would change their mind during this time. I believe that the suspension was a little extreme. 	I didn’t like how the school board handled the case. The board did not want a lady with no college education, to question their judgement. The board should have tried to solve this problem with Mrs. Frost before it gained national attention. Mrs. Frost would not have been satisfied with any of their suggestions, but they should have treated her with a little respect. 	Bates mentions the New England Primer, which was the first widely, used textbooks in America. The New England Primer used stories from the Bible and about morality. But the separation of the Church and State put an end to this book. If public schools cannot teach Christian values, they should not teach any other religious values. This was what Frost was trying to make people understand. Her children were reading stories about Indians, Jews, Hindus, and other cultures, but they could not learn about their own culture except at home
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