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(Ars Technica)   School principal cancels entire summer reading list program, because it contains a book that has a "positive view of questioning authority" and "lauds hacker culture." Pick up that can, student   (arstechnica.com) divider line 79
    More: Florida, Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, hacker culture, Booker T. Washington, novels  
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2014-06-10 05:29:39 PM  
Watch your mouth, pig, I've got my crowbar.
 
2014-06-10 05:29:49 PM  
Ummm...wasn't questioning authority one of the reasons why this country was founded?

/loves me some double standards
 
2014-06-10 05:34:21 PM  
New reading list:  The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
 
2014-06-10 05:43:59 PM  
Hacker culture is about deconstructing things to understand them and then using what you learn to come up with your own solutions to problems. I can see why schools would want to nip that sort of thing in the bud. Children might learn something useful.
 
2014-06-10 06:30:24 PM  
Yes, lets not teach critical thinking, than kids might questions what the hell is going on in Pensacola

//also their airport is PNS
///hehe PNS
 
2014-06-10 06:49:24 PM  
Well, the best way to make people read books is to ban them.
 
2014-06-10 07:10:07 PM  
So, the kids aren't allowed to read on their own?
 
2014-06-10 07:50:10 PM  

Rwa2play: Ummm...wasn't questioning authority one of the reasons why this country was founded?

/loves me some double standards


The country has already been founded. Authority no longer needs to be questioned, citizen.
 
2014-06-10 07:58:10 PM  

h2ogate: New reading list:  The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey


Great book. Probably the only book I've read twice in my adult life.
 
2014-06-10 08:12:45 PM  
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
 
2014-06-10 08:17:56 PM  
Weird. Everyone's comments are blank here on the mobile site.
 
2014-06-10 08:18:20 PM  
Whoever put the book on the list should of been fired.  Not because of 'laud's hacker culture'. But because Doctorow is an awful writer and a complete ass.
 
2014-06-10 08:20:08 PM  
Guess he doesn't want the students finding out they are smarter than he is.

On a side note, Fark Admins, the mobile update really sucks. I can't see any posts from anyone. I see the names but not what they have written.

/Sorry if I repeated anyone else's comment.
 
2014-06-10 08:20:48 PM  
"A rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion" is the worst tagline ever.
 
2014-06-10 08:22:07 PM  

gingerjet: Whoever put the book on the list should of been fired.  Not because of 'laud's hacker culture'. But because Doctorow is an awful writer and a complete ass.


Well, yes. I'd only point out that the simpering kowtowing to authority is no less a disease of the liberals than it is of conservatives. I just had a discussion with someone whose entire argument was "I'm the authority and you are not, so there!". This person fancies themselves as a leftest radical.
 
2014-06-10 08:26:19 PM  
It should be banned. Not because of its ideas, but because it is one of the worst pieces of shiat ever written. Seriously, it's a collection of paranoid blog posts interspersed with software manuals and each chapter begins with a page-long author self-fellation.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-06-10 08:27:57 PM  
'Hacking'www.decodeunicode.orgphreaking
Maybe the principal should try, I don't know, learning the difference?
 
2014-06-10 08:29:36 PM  
On the other hand, Doctorow is an attention whore who got read because he gave away his books for free before anyone else did. His books all start with a cool concept, but he doesn't have the talent to pull off the execution. By the time you are a quarter of the way through, you realize he's lost interest in whatever story he thought he was going to tell.

He's like a Kardashian of speculative fiction - all PR and no substance.
 
2014-06-10 08:33:48 PM  
Wait
who is

john
gault?
 
2014-06-10 08:35:29 PM  
Considering book's title, the protagonist's online handle, and the plot outline, is this just a Young Adult ripoff of 1984?
 
2014-06-10 08:36:29 PM  

narkor: On the other hand, Doctorow is an attention whore who got read because he gave away his books for free before anyone else did. His books all start with a cool concept, but he doesn't have the talent to pull off the execution. By the time you are a quarter of the way through, you realize he's lost interest in whatever story he thought he was going to tell.

He's like a Kardashian of speculative fiction - all PR and no substance.


And this incident has undoubtedly fed his relentless craving for attention. He's probably got a boner that could cut glass.
 
2014-06-10 08:38:03 PM  
Principal is just protecting the kids from really awful writing.
 
2014-06-10 08:41:56 PM  
This ought to be required:
1984
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies
 
2014-06-10 08:45:50 PM  

Strobeguy: This ought to be required:
1984
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies


Atlas Shrugged
 
2014-06-10 08:46:32 PM  
I think the author has an interesting view of educators. We all know they exist to teach kids to pass standardized tests.
 
2014-06-10 09:03:32 PM  

some_beer_drinker: Strobeguy: This ought to be required:
1984
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies

Atlas Shrugged


So did I.
 
2014-06-10 09:05:22 PM  
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2014-06-10 09:08:42 PM  

Rwa2play: Ummm...wasn't questioning authority one of the reasons why this country was founded?

/loves me some double standards


Well you just need to makes sure you are questiong the things the authority wants you to question.


And remember service guarantees citizenship.
 
2014-06-10 09:12:53 PM  
Its a good book, and I recommend its sequel "Homeland"

Oh, and you can "buy" a book (since it is Freely available) and have it sent to the library or school of your choice, or one from a list who has asked for a copy.
 
2014-06-10 09:16:13 PM  

Deep Contact: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 720x704]


In other words, it prepares them for every single interaction they are likely to have in the western world.

You think that's not how it is, but it do.
 
2014-06-10 09:23:46 PM  
And if any "Authority Figure" needs to have his authority questioned, it's this guy, and those like him.
 
2014-06-10 09:27:19 PM  

jaylectricity: h2ogate: New reading list:  The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Great book. Probably the only book I've read twice in my adult life.


Interesting. Off to the library ('s web site)


Strobeguy: This ought to be required:
1984
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies


I read all those in high school.
 
2014-06-10 09:31:22 PM  
Did they hack the Gibson?
theblot.com
 
2014-06-10 09:32:07 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Deep Contact: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 720x704]

In other words, it prepares them for every single interaction they are likely to have in the western world.

You think that's not how it is, but it do.


"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." - Galileo Galilei, 1633 (translated from the Italian)
 
2014-06-10 09:32:17 PM  

Deep Contact: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 720x704]


Good, as long as we are clear on that.
 
2014-06-10 09:33:03 PM  
ishootthepictures.files.wordpress.com

cootys rat semen?
 
2014-06-10 09:33:11 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Deep Contact: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 720x704]

In other words, it prepares them for every single interaction they are likely to have in the western world.

You think that's not how it is, but it do.


Sometimes, until an authority figure makes you do something you know is not right, but they have a nice suit  or lab coat on.
 
2014-06-10 09:35:43 PM  
 
2014-06-10 09:37:25 PM  

gja: 'Hacking'[www.decodeunicode.org image 27x27]phreaking
Maybe the principal should try, I don't know, learning the difference?


Maybe he used to subscribe to 2600, and mixed up Emanuel Goldstein with Winston Smith

/that'd be double-plus ungood
 
2014-06-10 09:41:25 PM  
As someone who has actually had to teach people after they complete public education here I the things your crotchfruit need to be taught:

1) You will fail, nobody give a flying fark that you're failing, you are not special, second chances are available to those with exception ability and exception dedication.
2) Intelligence is a combination of rote memorization and synthesis of knowledge and the speed at which both can be completed.  (also there will always be someone smarter; and a better way of doing things)
3) Bucking authority is acceptable when its done for a reason that brings a definite benefit; eg break rules that are dangerous or a detriment but you have to PROVE they are so.
4) Non-compliance is punished with failure, loss of money, life and/or liberty depending on severity of the non-compliance.
5) You will be judged constantly, in appearance, performance and action

And yes, sometimes someone says something so monumentally stupid that it literally boggles the mind of the faculty and we will bring up your stupidity with the dean.

/still hates med students.
 
2014-06-10 09:50:08 PM  

gingerjet: Whoever put the book on the list should of been fired.  Not because of 'laud's hacker culture'. But because Doctorow is an awful writer and a complete ass.


CSB: I have been in a relationship with Doctorow's ex-girlfriend, so I'm one removed from farking him.

Met him once, he's a bit extremist in his views, but he's not acting (or if he is, he keeps it up 24/7).
 
2014-06-10 09:52:47 PM  
Welcome to PS 17. You have chosen, or been chosen, to relocate to one of our finest remaining urban schools...
 
2014-06-10 09:58:00 PM  
c. summer reading programs suck dog balls
 
2014-06-10 10:09:07 PM  

real_headhoncho: Well, the best way to make people read books is to ban them.


It is a great way to make sure all the students read the book!
 
2014-06-10 10:20:57 PM  
Anyone else tasting the irony of the schools name?
 
2014-06-10 10:23:16 PM  
It's "Little Brother", isn't it?

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calledit.jpg
 
2014-06-10 10:23:48 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Hacker culture is about deconstructing things to understand them and then using what you learn to come up with your own solutions to problems. I can see why schools would want to nip that sort of thing in the bud. Children might learn something useful.


What's with your 1970's and early 1980's culture references?  It doesn't mean that anymore.
 
2014-06-10 10:38:05 PM  

Hickory-smoked: It's "Little Brother", isn't it?

[click]

calledit.jpg


I was guessing "Ready Player One".
 
2014-06-10 10:49:52 PM  

Rwa2play: Ummm...wasn't questioning authority one of the reasons why this country was founded?



Actually it was a bunch of whiney, bootlegging deadbeats upset that the British asked them to pay for their part of inciting the French and Indian War
 
2014-06-10 11:59:19 PM  

Ashelth: As someone who has actually had to teach people after they complete public education here I the things your crotchfruit need to be taught:

1) You will fail, nobody give a flying fark that you're failing, you are not special, second chances are available to those with exception ability and exception dedication.
2) Intelligence is a combination of rote memorization and synthesis of knowledge and the speed at which both can be completed.  (also there will always be someone smarter; and a better way of doing things)
3) Bucking authority is acceptable when its done for a reason that brings a definite benefit; eg break rules that are dangerous or a detriment but you have to PROVE they are so.
4) Non-compliance is punished with failure, loss of money, life and/or liberty depending on severity of the non-compliance.
5) You will be judged constantly, in appearance, performance and action

And yes, sometimes someone says something so monumentally stupid that it literally boggles the mind of the faculty and we will bring up your stupidity with the dean.

/still hates med students.


I'm going to assume you did not teach in the U.S., Canada, or any other country where English is spoken fluently.
 
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