That corporate responsibility statement is super interesting. It reads like they want credit, not responsibility. Scholastic would like you to think about how eco the paper in their books is and not think about the content of those books at all.

Don't think about how one ginormous company publishes so many of the books our children read that they basically are responsible for most of what children learn. Don't think about the million ways in which their need to make money will greatly affect what they publish and hence, what children learn--or don't learn.

And to be honest, I never have. So thank you for this, for making me think about the power that Scholastic in particular has, and how they are wielding it to make running their business easier, including Faustian bargains to censor authors with less privilege instead of amplifying them.

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Right? Hence the creep of it all. We normalize monopolies and oligopolies and then wonder why there are hundreds of franchise knock-offs and indie presses struggle and very few writers can actually make a living as writers.

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