It doesn’t take many people to make a difference, often just facts presented to school administrators by a handful of parents is all that is needed. In this case, a small group of concerned parents went to the Utah Education Network (UEN) about EBSCO, the on-line research library used in many schools across the country.
The controversy started when a parent from the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado accidently found obscene material on her son’s EBSCO link through his school. From there, word has slowly spread across the country about the dangerous links as more districts are found to have ties to EBSCO or something similar. In Utah, a parent checked a school’s on-line data base and sure enough it is EBSCO. Thankfully, UEN pulled the plug on EBSCO while they investigated.
Notice the writer refers to the concerned parents as “conservative.” Does it really matter? Are they implying anyone who votes as a Democrat has no care in the world what their child is exposed to in school? The writers clearly chose the wording to marginalize and accuse. If the images the parents found were controversial only to “conservatives”, why did the television station they work for choose to blot out the image in one of the photos the paper published?
Not long after Utah halted the EBSCO links to further investigate, it was reported in October 2018 EBSCO would be reinstated. This article explains why and of course, makes sure to label that pesky Utah parent as “conservative.” How dare she dictate standards to everyone else (but EBSCO, a company designed to profit off kids, can dictate standards). In the article it was stated the shutting down of EBSCO created difficulty for the students researching. It’s too bad they don’t know how to find the nearest public library and check out a couple books for their research projects. What a lost art.
If EBSCO was reinstated, why does the Utah Education Network still have the site down as of this writing?
Good for them, at least two more months went by that EBSCO’s porn and obscenity weren’t available to Utah’s students.