BolshyGreatYarblocks: In these times, a book about mass poverty and class violence has more relevance than one about a clown in a sewer.
Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Stephen King's It should be required reading for all 12 year olds.
Robo Beat: DigitalCoffee: The only people that really like TCITR are the author/publisher (who get money for the copies), the schools/teachers (that can get discounted copies), and parents (because they had to put up with that boring shiat and they'll be damned if their sprog will get out of doing the same). No one else gives a rats ass about those books (unless they can get money/votes/good press for saying that they like them).These books need to go:- The Catcher In The Rye- Tess Of The D'urbervilles- The Grapes of WrathReplace them with:- Stranger In A Strange Land- IT- Ender's GameIT? You're proposing for school reading a book which includes, among other things, a pre-teen gangbang scene? I'm sure that'll fly with the think-of-the-children brigade.
gadian: We basically read soft-core porn, bawdy comedy, and sensationalism and our teachers justified it as we were "further along in emotional and intellectual development and can handle more advanced concepts".
xpennyroyaltyx: Teresaol31: Good God, I guess my high school literature teacher would have been considered a witch these days. She made us read, in this order: The Jungle; Lord of the Flies; and Animal Farm. Mind you this was at a small school in southern Arkansas, but I'm from a prior generation where the parents were not sending their kids to school to learn the same crap they were learning in church. . .See, it's funny. We do Lord of the Flies in 11th grade, and it's hands down the most popular book among my high school students. It's one of the few books where the majority of kids will read for homework it when it's assigned and will often read ahead. I think Animal Farm is lost on kids these days, though it was one of my favourites in high school. I've never been able to make it work very well.
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