I'm happy to see that the students in Utah have dodged a bullet--you know, as I typed those words the potential bad taste of the cliche started to worry me, what with our concern for Safe Schools and all, but then I realized that kids are far more likely to suffer educational damage from their elders than they are gunshot wounds from their peers. As in this latest nonsense from California. (Thanks to As If! for the link.) In explaining why the school trustees removed twenty-three books from the Vista San Gabriel Elementary School, board president Sharon Toyne said, "with this ever-changing society, we have to just stick back to the traditional thing of what kids are supposed to be learning." One assumes she isn't talking about "traditional things" like proper sentence structure. Or coherent thought.