State Impact reports that Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants to remove Toni Morrison’s first novel, ,the Bluest Eye, from state common core guidelines.   Terhar called the book, which is recommended reading for 11th graders, “pornographic” because it contains a rape scene.  “I don’t want my grandchildren reading it and I don’t want anybody else’s grandchildren reading it,” Terhar said.

Terhar was hand-picked by the Kasich administration as part of their effort to take control of the board.  She is a member of multiple Tea Party groups and a vocal advocate of Ohio’s failed charter school experiment.   In January she embarrassed herself and the administration by posting offensive comments on her Facebook page comparing President Obama to Hitler after the president spoke about the Sandy Hook massacre.

Oddly, Ms. Terhar seems to think supporting common sense gun regulations, like universal background checks, makes the president a fanatical fascist on par with Hitler.   But banning books?  Well, that’s just as American and patriotic as apple pie.



  • Has Debe Terhar read the book or is this just part of the tea party talking points? My guess is that she has not even read it. The same book was brought up at a Worthington Schools meetings about the common core program

  • Retrofuturistic

    People like Debe Terhar don’t read….

  • Retrofuturistic

    The trick is to NEVER EVER let someone like Debe Terhar tell you what to read. Or what to think….

  • dmoore2222

    More republican dribble.

  • kmo

    Read the article from Worthington- thank you. Maybe Ms. Tehar would like to have a public shotting of books that she deems objectionable.

  • dmoore2222

    Morons like her get into positions of power and think their stupidity matters to everyone else.

  • Luke Brockmeier

    Toni Morrison is the most accomplished Ohio author by a mile.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Tyranny of the Ignorant.

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