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(Examiner)   Chicago Public School CEO says "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi isn't "banned," it's just removed from classrooms. Wait, what?   (examiner.com) divider line 61
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2013-03-16 12:26:53 PM  

Hermione_Granger: SomeoneDumb: If they're assigning comic books to be read in seventh grade, I think I see why reading scores aren't what they used to be.

First of all, comic books can be a great way to get kids to read. Second, this book is pretty heavy reading. And lastly, go see the movie. It's awesome.


Not sure how seeing the movie would help anyone to read. And if comics are a great way to get kids to read, it doesn't seem to be working out.

/Except, maybe, more graphic novels
 
2013-03-16 01:20:51 PM  
Persepolis is a masterful story. As stated, the movie adaptation is pretty quality as well.
I don't know that I'd teach it in 7th grade - older kids might get more out of it - but there's nothing in it that seventh-graders can't deal with, and a good teacher could help them with subtleties.
 
2013-03-16 01:22:15 PM  

SomeoneDumb: Hermione_Granger: SomeoneDumb: If they're assigning comic books to be read in seventh grade, I think I see why reading scores aren't what they used to be.

First of all, comic books can be a great way to get kids to read. Second, this book is pretty heavy reading. And lastly, go see the movie. It's awesome.

Not sure how seeing the movie would help anyone to read. And if comics are a great way to get kids to read, it doesn't seem to be working out.

/Except, maybe, more graphic novels


Don't knock graphic novels. Very legit art form with a lot of superbly written (and drawn) books.
 
2013-03-16 02:52:36 PM  

RubberBabyBuggyBumpers: I am in favor of this if the book is crappy.


Well, it isn't.

You know, you don't have to voice an opinion on every thread right away. You're allowed to learn what you're talking about first. Maybe even encouraged.
 
2013-03-16 10:32:46 PM  
Hah. Speaking of harrowing experiences with graphic novels in school, a kid in my 4th grade class brought in a copy of "Barefoot Gen" one day, I flipped through it when I found it on his desk. Freaked me the fark out.
 
2013-03-16 10:35:37 PM  

Inchoate: Persepolis is a masterful story.


I think it's better than "Reading Lolita in Tehran", which covers the same timeperiod and something of the same experience. Satrapi's prose is a little less stilted than Nafisi's.
 
2013-03-16 11:08:18 PM  
Jarhead_h:
I had never heard of this book, but simply seeing that's it's illustrated makes ask what the hell it's doing in a middle school classrom in the first place.  Not against illustrated work for pleasure reading, but academic?

Not sure if troll.  Get thee hence.

bill4935:
Based on my personal playground memories, most middle-schoolers had first hand knowledge of numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 on your list.

In many parts of the world, they indeed do, and not on the playground.  Perhaps.that's a lesson spoiled first world children should learn at some point.
 
2013-03-17 12:23:35 AM  
I wouldn't give that book to 12 year olds either. Grade 9/10, sure.
 
2013-03-17 12:54:48 AM  
In other news, Examiner links get green lit again? Guess I'll go there and write up my own damn crazy article and submit it to Fark.
 
2013-03-17 05:45:39 PM  

Jarhead_h: I had never heard of this media, but simply seeing that's it's moving pictures makes ask what the hell it's doing in a middle school classrom in the first place.  Not against movies for pleasure viewing, but academic?


And yet film studies is an appreciated segment of academia. Same thing for silly old illustrations, aka art history.

Mainstream-ish graphic works moved past childish comic books over 30 years ago, thanks largely to Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis.
 
2013-03-18 12:12:04 AM  
Very good film and book....very moving portrayal of how a middle-class Iranian family lived thru the years of the Shah and then the Islamic Republic.

Something tells me it is not the "graphic nature" of the book that has it being banned....Persepolis chronicles how a true moderate Muslim family lived thru an Iran full of extremist Islam...and especially the abuses and mistreatment of women by the regime and religious police.  Bet that someone from CAIR or one of those types of groups called and wanted that book removed, as it puts fundamentalist Islam it a bad light

But you red staters may not want to just rush out and get Persepolis.  The girl and her family supported Socialists and Communists.
 
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