Brookline Public Schools approve a book about aviation

Philip Greenspun's Weblog 2020-01-26

Summary:

Good news and bad news for a friend’s 12-year-old…

Bad: he was sentenced to read a book by his teachers in the Brookline (Massachusetts) Public Schools.

Good: One of the choices was on an aviation theme. Maybe this won’t be a painful distraction from video games and learning about technology. Perhaps it will be Fate is the Hunter?

Reality: the assigned book, Fly Girl, turns out to be more about skin color than aviation.

From the Amazon page:

All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she’s in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her, until America enters World War II, and the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if she’s willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl. She wants to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying one’s self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately it’s not what you do but who you are that’s most important.

Related:

  • Bessie Coleman, a non-fictional pilot who identified as a black female

Link:

https://philip.greenspun.com/blog/2020/01/25/brookline-public-schools-approve-a-book-about-aviation/

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Date tagged:

01/26/2020, 01:56

Date published:

01/25/2020, 12:42