What does it say when the topic of censorship raises the question as to whether a particular situation applies to school curriculum or to parents. Shouldn’t interests be similar; and if interests are not similar, should this be a matter of concern?
Your problem isn’t books.
And why would the entrenched interests within the Republican/Democratic duopoly consider untoward methods in retaining power that insult principles of a democratic (small d) Constitutional republic? Perhaps self-interest is a motive—–
Parents seem deprived of the natural right to raise their own children in the manner they choose by a system that has become curiously totalitarian as applied to education. This may set the mood for parental over reaction in self defense. At the same time, one cannot imagine a better opportunity for parents to open discussion with their children after a topic is raised that may be uncomfortable to both. That seems more of an opportunity for parents than a harm to children. That our educational system seems used as a babysitting service for the convenience of commercial Establishment to promote a progress based on greed, privilege, and exploitation seems to expose a broader problem.
People who focus on economic expansion at the expense of quality of life on Earth must be in denial. Denial is an all-too-human frailty.
An educational system that would best educate children into an ability to self-govern in their maturity, instead trains into compliance to capitalistic systems of obedience, dependence, and consumerism. A prerequisite for freedom and equality is to be capable of thinking unshackled by hierarchical precepts.