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(WTAM)   Today's bad influence on our children is * shakes Magic 8 Ball *...John Steinbeck?   ( wtam.com) divider line
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2008-09-24 01:03:54 PM  
Her precious snowflake hears the N-word from his friends more in a single day than from any classic novel.
 
2008-09-24 01:56:49 PM  
SNL had an "alternate ending" to OM&M that made me chuckle.

Link (new window)

Not nearly as good as the ending to IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
 
2008-09-24 02:38:38 PM  
Steinbeck don't know what he's a-doin'. He's helping to learn kids.
 
2008-09-24 02:41:25 PM  
My magic 8 ball says Outlook Good.
 
2008-09-24 02:41:54 PM  
Holden Caufield does NOT approve!
 
2008-09-24 02:41:55 PM  
blame Steinbeck?
hmm..
that's a novel approach.
 
2008-09-24 02:43:17 PM  
Well Rose did nurse that guy back to health in Grapes of Wrath...so I guess that could be sexual. Then again I think it's more cuz he's a dirty stinkin commie libtard.

/yeah i said it, big whoop
//wanna fight!
 
2008-09-24 02:43:21 PM  
Let's ban the past so it will NEVER happen again!!!
 
2008-09-24 02:44:10 PM  
I was in highschool in the mid 90's. We read Of Mice and Men in the classroom. One kid would read, and then the next one would.

The teacher told us we had to replace "the N word" with "black man" when reading.

So, inevitably, one kid accidentally read "the N word" out loud. The singular black girl in the classroom ran out of the room crying, and the teacher made the guy, a friend of mine, run out and apologize to her.
 
2008-09-24 02:44:11 PM  
While we're at it, let's ban history teachers from telling kids that women in America couldn't vote before 1920. Otherwise the kids might get bad, sexist ideas.
 
2008-09-24 02:44:20 PM  

bigbottom: Holden Caufield does NOT approve!


I hope you were being ironic.

a5.vox.com
 
2008-09-24 02:45:13 PM  

topcon: I was in highschool in the mid 90's. We read Of Mice and Men in the classroom. One kid would read, and then the next one would.

The teacher told us we had to replace "the N word" with "black man" when reading.

So, inevitably, one kid accidentally read "the N word" out loud. The singular black girl in the classroom ran out of the room crying, and the teacher made the guy, a friend of mine, run out and apologize to her.


So your teacher was a dumb-fark retard. Big shock there.
 
2008-09-24 02:46:20 PM  

animosity4u: Let's ban the past so it will NEVER happen again!!!


If we don't know it occurred, it can't possibly repeat itself!
 
2008-09-24 02:46:30 PM  
Just burn all books! That way kids can't learn any of those nasty words! They are all evil!
 
2008-09-24 02:47:06 PM  
FTFA:"The N-word is used more in this paragraph than most rap songs, and I think that's absolutely ridiculous,"

MOST rap songs. It's a shame that the most critical response is to compare it's profanity to a majority of the music her snowflake listens to. Meaning that some rap songs use it more, but at the same time, implying that all of the use it at some point in the lyrics.
 
2008-09-24 02:47:18 PM  

Psumek: bigbottom: Holden Caufield does NOT approve!

I hope you were being ironic.


Indeed I was!
 
2008-09-24 02:47:29 PM  
Don't call me n**ger, whitey
 
2008-09-24 02:47:34 PM  
John Steinbeck? Damn! Beaten again by a two-bit hack. Maybe I'll be tomorrows bad influence.
 
2008-09-24 02:47:54 PM  

bigbottom: Holden Caufield does NOT approve!


Who cares, I couldn't stand Holden Caufield. Forget Salinger, Steinbeck on the other hand, was good.
 
2008-09-24 02:47:56 PM  
nagger?
 
2008-09-24 02:48:01 PM  

Russ1642: topcon: I was in highschool in the mid 90's. We read Of Mice and Men in the classroom. One kid would read, and then the next one would.

The teacher told us we had to replace "the N word" with "black man" when reading.

So, inevitably, one kid accidentally read "the N word" out loud. The singular black girl in the classroom ran out of the room crying, and the teacher made the guy, a friend of mine, run out and apologize to her.

So your teacher was a dumb-fark retard. Big shock there.



Well, she wasn't stern about it or anything. She told him to apologize, but she acknowledged it was an accident. He didn't get in trouble for it or anything.

The whole thing was inane, though.
 
2008-09-24 02:48:05 PM  

CrankMyBlueSax: Her precious snowflake hears the N-word from his friends more in a single day than from any classic novel.


The snowflake's mother is a fish.
 
2008-09-24 02:48:09 PM  
Its a historical classic, we can't learn anything from that.
 
2008-09-24 02:48:30 PM  
One kid tried insulting my friend when he was in high school with the N word. My friend punched him once in the face that dropped the kid. A teacher was there, and said "Well, he had it coming to him."
 
2008-09-24 02:49:28 PM  
There isn't a face-palm macro big enough for this thread.

Don't these over-protective idjits know you never go full Lenny?
 
2008-09-24 02:49:37 PM  

topcon: I was in highschool in the mid 90's. We read Of Mice and Men in the classroom. One kid would read, and then the next one would.

The teacher told us we had to replace "the N word" with "black man" when reading.

So, inevitably, one kid accidentally read "the N word" out loud. The singular black girl in the classroom ran out of the room crying, and the teacher made the guy, a friend of mine, run out and apologize to her.


What's so bad about the word "attractive and successful African-American"?
 
2008-09-24 02:49:37 PM  
Bad influence on our children?

What's happening? Are they revolting against taking their retalin because reading a Steinbeck novel cured their attention deficit disorder?
 
2008-09-24 02:49:48 PM  
She's from KCK, she's probably black.
 
2008-09-24 02:50:04 PM  
Of course Travels with Charley are a bad example for kids. The book is trying to convince them to take a cross country road trip that's just a waste of oil and rely on the automobile for transportation.
 
2008-09-24 02:51:35 PM  
Maybe teachers should stick with "One Fish, Two Fish. Red Fish, Blue Fish" or "Put Me in the Zoo". How offensive could that be?
 
2008-09-24 02:51:37 PM  
farm2.static.flickr.com

When I was too young to see an R rated movie, I could always pick up the book and have a wonderful filthy time of it. It's a double win because you expand your reading skills and you get your naughty on.

/never got to see the movie "Shaft" but it was a lot of fun to read the book.
//awww yeah.
 
2008-09-24 02:52:36 PM  
rocinante721

Wow - that was some bad comedy.
 
2008-09-24 02:52:40 PM  
How about we just forget reading any literature older than 1990. That way no ones feelings can be hurt and no one could possibly be offended.

So lets not read about the way things were and why things are the way they are today so that the same mistakes can be repeated. Was it all warm and fuzzy in those days? No. Did bad things happen in Steinbecks' time? Of course. Should it be hidden? No.
 
2008-09-24 02:52:44 PM  
Fark that. Steinbeck is one of my favorite writers. If anything, kids should be learning more about the realities of early 20th century America.

Wait until they read Grapes of Wrath and find out that *gasp* teens were having sex in the 1930s! This conflicts with the Republican fairy tale that no one had teen sex before those god damn hippies. Our children must be protected.
 
2008-09-24 02:52:50 PM  
"All farking n*ggers must farking hang..."
Animal Mother
 
2008-09-24 02:53:05 PM  
Because how can we really be sure about any book, really? Just having the Bible by itself in there is the only safe way to go. - Sarah Palin
 
2008-09-24 02:53:34 PM  
School district spokesman needs a img1.fark.net tag:

"It's not a pleasant part of our history," David Smith, a spokesman for the school district, told KMBC-TV. "But kids these days need opportunities to learn about it, understand it, not in a sanitized 21st-century way, because that's how we move forward in society."

Damn straight. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to explain a history of racism to their kid and say "People used these words back then, but they are no longer acceptable.", the mother wants to prevent kids from the reading the book. And her quote suggests that although the word is acceptable in modern rap songs, it's not acceptable in a piece of classic literature.

It's people like this mother that make me think society is doomed, and people like this school district spokesman that give me hope.
 
2008-09-24 02:53:35 PM  
FTFA: "A Kansas City, Kan. ....."

And that's all I needed to know.
 
2008-09-24 02:54:56 PM  
I shot at least three stupid people in the back of the head after reading OM&M before someone told me it was wrong.

Books are evil. They cause people to think and thinking is dumb.
 
2008-09-24 02:55:31 PM  
Then all HP Lovecraft books are dangerous, and all Edgar Alan Poe's books are dangerous, because they also use the word.
 
2008-09-24 02:56:24 PM  
Hero tag for David Smith.
 
2008-09-24 02:57:08 PM  
Steinbeck turned me into a racist so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies. . .
 
2008-09-24 02:57:29 PM  
Maybe we should release new editions of classic novels where nobody swears, uses bad words or smokes; kind of like some people try to have done to classic movies.

"I'm gonna get me a shotgun and shoot all the whiteys I see..."
 
2008-09-24 02:57:35 PM  
Rage.

Beer milkshakes for all.
 
2008-09-24 02:58:23 PM  
Grapes of Wrath raped my mother and killed my dog.
 
2008-09-24 02:58:29 PM  
Hey that is bull, he was awesome as Uncle Jessie on Full House!
 
2008-09-24 02:58:46 PM  
I wonder what she thinks about the term dumbass? As in she is one and thanks to her bullshiat her kid will grow up to be one too. Way to go jackhole.
 
2008-09-24 03:01:25 PM  
As per my Fark handle, I do in fact read banned books. I love Of Mice and Men. I had to read it in 10th grade I believe. I don't recall anyone biatching about it. We watched the movie too.


/ For anyone who cares September 27-October 4 is the American Library Assocation's Banned Books week.
 
2008-09-24 03:01:27 PM  

Kanemano: Don't call me n**ger, whitey


Mrs. PCoC has a sore throat, and has been economizing with her use of words. Last night, as we were watching TV, she noticed a box of crackers next to me. She pointed, and said, "Cracker." I pointed back and said, "Honkey."
 
2008-09-24 03:02:59 PM  
I know Wikipedia is not a reliable source, but I found this rather interesting:

Populism can be another major strain of anti-intellectualism. In this context, intellectuals are presented as elitists and tricksters whose knowledge and rhetorical skills are feared, not because they are useless, but because they may be used to hoodwink the ordinary people, who are conceived of as the 'salt of the earth' and the source of virtue. American President George W. Bush has been accused of appealing to this type of populism. Those who argue from populist ideals will often assert that knowledge needs to be regulated by the people, claiming that educators need to work in line with policies made by stakeholders such as parent groups.

In a similar vein, the curiosity and objectivity of intellectuals about foreign countries and beliefs is portrayed as a lack of patriotism or moral clarity, and intellectuals are often held to be suspect of holding dangerously foreign, possibly subversive, opinions. An extreme form was embodied by Joseph McCarthy, the anti-Communist senator from Wisconsin.

...Some modern American anti-intellectualism originates from the view held by some conservative Christians that the current form of public education subverts religious belief. The validity of this view was substantiated by the spread of atheism and Deism among the educated during the Enlightenment, and was deep-rooted even before that time. For instance, the New England writer and Puritan John Cotton wrote in 1642, "The more learned and witty you bee, the more fit to act for Satan will you bee." More recently, an anti-intellectual current is claimed by some in the works of Fundamentalist Christian cartoonist Jack Chick. In his anti-evolution tract Big Daddy? for example, he depicts the academic establishment as intolerant and elitist in their rejection of young earth creationism.

Some Christians also object to what they perceive as "un-Christian" elements in public schools (K-12) and colleges and universities. Focal points for fundamentalist criticism are comprehensive sex education and evolution.

...Especially in the 1960s many student demonstrators romanticized the impoverished populations of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta. The lack of formal education in these regions was seen as a sort of freedom from "conformist" society that allowed one to lead a more genuine and worthy life. The sanitized version of folk music that became popular on campus around this time is a related trend.


Taken from here (new window).
 
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