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(Telegraph)   "Catcher in the Rye", and "To Kill a Mockingbird" to be replaced in US classrooms by texts such as "Recommended Levels of Insulation," "Invasive Plant Inventory," and "How to Turn Critical Thinkers in to Welfare Recipients"   (telegraph.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Asinine, Catcher in the Rye, Harper Lee, classic book, J.D. Salinger, National Governors Association, curriculum, standards-based education reform, critical thinking  
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2012-12-07 02:48:51 PM  
15 votes:

dickfreckle: Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare.

Bullsh*t. It's not the knowledge of Shakespeare that makes the kid employable or ready for college. It's his or her exposure, however cursory, to a wide range of subjects. Spitting out a kid who can only write as though it were a technical manual is not the way to fix things.


But, soft! what heat through yonder window escapes?
It is R-8, to protect Juliet from the sun.
2012-12-07 02:37:06 PM  
5 votes:
All you people bagging on the Catcher in the Rye are a bunch of PHONIES!
2012-12-07 06:32:03 PM  
2 votes:
American Schools: preparing your children for the best jobs of 1974 since 1980.
2012-12-07 06:30:25 PM  
2 votes:

BronyMedic: I love pissing off the FARK Pedant squad. You have an extraneous m added into someone's name, and rather than it being a mistake, you're a illiterate who hasn't read a book, or has no right to criticize literary mind anesthesia.

[www.pedanticsociety.com image 850x244]


There should be a colon after the top line, and a period at the end.
2012-12-07 05:59:36 PM  
2 votes:

FlyingLizardOfDoom: Catcher in the Rye was a stupid book.


No, U
2012-12-07 05:57:21 PM  
2 votes:

FlyingLizardOfDoom: Catcher in the Rye was a stupid book.


Agreed. Should be replaced by this

upload.wikimedia.org

Most popular book in my high school
2012-12-07 03:20:46 PM  
2 votes:
Atticus wept.
2012-12-08 01:59:22 AM  
1 vote:

dontbreakthebend:
High school English teacher here,

Oh, and check out The Sun Also Rises. It's the best love story ever written about a man who'sse dick was blown off during battle. I think people miss that part.


I don't believe that here on Fark, I managed to go to dinner, come back, and still nobody else had zapped you on that.
2012-12-07 10:07:46 PM  
1 vote:
And in celebration of Peter Jackson's "the Hobbit":

chanarchive.org

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2012-12-07 09:51:27 PM  
1 vote:
A few more Pokemon literary classics.

chanarchive.org

chanarchive.org

chanarchive.org

chanarchive.org

chanarchive.org
2012-12-07 09:43:17 PM  
1 vote:

Kevin72: I truly loved Catcher in the Rye. But that was 41 years ago. Since FARK is so widely criticizing Hemingway, I will accept criticism of CITR, but only if it was from someone who read CITR in high school. If you read it at college age, duh no wonder you hated it.

That said, the real stinkers are The Crucible and the Great Gatsby.

Also, To Kill a Mockingbird is the greatest and should be read.


I'd suggest The Tin Drum, but that might cause people in other circles to get their panties in a bunch.
2012-12-07 09:40:37 PM  
1 vote:
I truly loved Catcher in the Rye. But that was 41 years ago. Since FARK is so widely criticizing Hemingway, I will accept criticism of CITR, but only if it was from someone who read CITR in high school. If you read it at college age, duh no wonder you hated it.

That said, the real stinkers are The Crucible and the Great Gatsby.

Also, To Kill a Mockingbird is the greatest and should be read.
2012-12-07 09:27:20 PM  
1 vote:
They can always read the Pokemon versions.

i255.photobucket.com

boourns.cjb.net

i.imgur.com

www.videogamedj.com

images.geeknative.com.s3.amazonaws.com
2012-12-07 07:50:20 PM  
1 vote:
Because if there's one way out of becoming a welfare recipient, it's by being an English Lit. major
2012-12-07 07:43:30 PM  
1 vote:
i read catcher in the rye in my early 20s and i despised it so much that i stapled it to a tree in the front yard and let the elements slowly eat it away.
2012-12-07 06:54:07 PM  
1 vote:

astelmaszek: I don't see a problem with this. Most people are actually fairly dumb. There is no reason for them to read anything but technical manuals and for that matter to write anything. It just makes for painful reading, that's all. We should separate kids young and early around 8th grade and basically have a 3 tier system: 3 year trade school, 5 year technical school and 4 year college prep school. That's how it was when I grew up in Europe and worked really well. 80% percent of the population has the following goals in life: work 8 hours a day for a decent wage, eat, fark, raise another generation of low IQ children.


Let's just do five tiers and call them alpha, beta, gamma, delta and episilon. That way we can just cut directly over to Fordism.
2012-12-07 06:53:47 PM  
1 vote:
20 years from now, the curriculum will look like this..


Lesson 1
The answer to question number 1 is A

Lesson 2
The answer to question number 2 is C

Lesson 3
The answer to question number 3 is D

etc, etc, etc,....
2012-12-07 06:27:08 PM  
1 vote:
I love pissing off the FARK Pedant squad. You have an extraneous m added into someone's name, and rather than it being a mistake, you're a illiterate who hasn't read a book, or has no right to criticize literary mind anesthesia.

www.pedanticsociety.com
2012-12-07 06:07:58 PM  
1 vote:
Just what we need, more morons.
2012-12-07 06:02:12 PM  
1 vote:
media.247sports.com

/oblig
2012-12-07 06:01:32 PM  
1 vote:
Well, to be fair, reading Catcher in the Rye is like listening to the know it all anarchist goth kid we all knew in high school who liked to tell everyone that no one really knew what pain was except for him.

The only books more mind numbingly painful to read are anything written by Hemmingway, and Atlas Shrugged.
2012-12-07 05:54:23 PM  
1 vote:

Grand_Moff_Joseph: /puts on flame retardant suit


I believe they prefer to be called suits for "special needs."

/How long until The Little Engine That Could" is considered 8th grade level reading?
2012-12-07 05:54:05 PM  
1 vote:
Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
2012-12-07 05:52:44 PM  
1 vote:
They should replace it with Scrotie McBoogerballs.
2012-12-07 04:26:54 PM  
1 vote:

Darth_Lukecash: This is particularly sad. It is imagination that leads to innovation. Innovation leads to efficiency, progress and improvement.


Did someone say efficiency and progress?

Efficiency and progress is ours once more
Now that we have the Neutron bomb
It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done
Away with excess enemy
But no less value to property
No sense in war but perfect sense at home:

The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
Jobless millions whisked away
At last we have more room to play
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
...

Gonna
Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor:Tonight

The perfect GOP anthem...especially since they don't understand snark

Wait...don't tell me they took Dead Kennedys out of the schools, too!
2012-12-07 02:42:41 PM  
1 vote:

Dogberry: naughtyrev: Please tell me this is satire. They think this will help make kids prepared for college?

Not satire. See US Dept of Education's "Race to the Top."


That's where the most heat escapes, after all.

/we need to double down on insulation
2012-12-07 02:35:30 PM  
1 vote:
I hate people.
 
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