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litlady Donating Member (360 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-23-07 07:20 AM
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12. Censorship...
I teach college English. Though there are many reasons, censorship is but one reason why I would not want to teach high school!

I remember the most disturbed I was by literature in high school and it was the play Equus, complete with masturbation and animal torture. But yes, high school students know violence and they know sex. It is unbelievable that there are (still!) so many banned books throughout the country. Google "banned books" and you will find numerous examples of books banned for various reasons.

Sheltering children, especially high schoolers, is more dangerous than them reading a book. "Harmful material to a minor"? Try video games, music, movies, society as a whole!
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  -Teacher put on leave after book complaint (Cormac McCarthy's Child of God) deadparrot  Oct-23-07 12:23 AM   #0 
  - most parents support the teacher?  PittPoliSci   Oct-23-07 12:27 AM   #1 
  - I think in this case, even parents who normally  liberalhistorian   Oct-23-07 12:36 AM   #2 
  - I hate to be cynical, but I wonder how many of these Texans are supporting him because  qnr   Oct-23-07 01:52 AM   #6 
     - You got it. If he were not a coach, the parents wouldn't care.  DemBones DemBones   Oct-23-07 04:56 AM   #10 
     - As the daughter and sister of Texas high school football coaches...  patsified   Oct-23-07 08:55 AM   #13 
     - That's an excellent point. Unfortunately,  liberalhistorian   Oct-23-07 11:25 AM   #17 
  - they are supporting a football coach . .  DrDan   Oct-23-07 09:05 AM   #15 
     - a coach who almost certainly has not read the book in question  pitohui   Oct-23-07 03:40 PM   #27 
        - I would tend to agree, considering some experience with football coaches in my past  DrDan   Oct-23-07 04:42 PM   #31 
  - Here is where parental involvement is necessary  trixie   Oct-23-07 12:38 AM   #3 
  - It can be difficult to be "in on" everything  wtmusic   Oct-23-07 01:13 AM   #4 
     - So, you felt you had the right to decide for  liberalhistorian   Oct-23-07 11:23 AM   #16 
        - No. I felt I had the right to critcize a book selection on a reading list  wtmusic   Oct-23-07 12:55 PM   #18 
           - I believe I, as the parent, have the right to decide  liberalhistorian   Oct-23-07 01:31 PM   # 
           - Please. No one is making any decisions for you.  wtmusic   Oct-23-07 01:51 PM   #21 
           - Dupe post  liberalhistorian   Oct-23-07 01:31 PM   #19 
  - One parent complains and a whole policy has to be changed  bluestateguy   Oct-23-07 01:20 AM   #5 
  - You'd be surprised how many administrators piss down their legs at one complaint  sasquatch   Oct-23-07 02:33 AM   #7 
  - Obviously, there are problems with...  heliarc   Oct-23-07 02:46 AM   #8 
  - I love Cormac, but this is different  ironrooster   Oct-23-07 03:02 PM   #24 
  - Any parent who thinks their children aren't ready for dark subject matter in High School...  Bicoastal   Oct-23-07 03:13 AM   #9 
  - Either that, or they want to keep them  liberalhistorian   Oct-23-07 01:33 PM   #20 
  - Why just him?  kimmylavin   Oct-23-07 05:56 AM   #11 
  - Censorship...  litlady   Oct-23-07 07:20 AM   #12 
  - The student CHOSE the text. It was not manditory.  skip fox   Oct-23-07 09:03 AM   #14 
  - Yes children, read the bible instead  JNelson6563   Oct-23-07 02:24 PM   #22 
  - has anybody read this?  ironrooster   Oct-23-07 02:53 PM   #23 
  - I've read one or two McCarthys  gratuitous   Oct-23-07 03:03 PM   #25 
     - violence gets a "pass" because a novel is about conflict, thus, death  pitohui   Oct-23-07 03:52 PM   #29 
        - Well, there's death and there's death  gratuitous   Oct-23-07 04:42 PM   #30 
           - yeah, "apocalypse porn" is a good description of "the road"  pitohui   Oct-23-07 04:46 PM   #32 
              - As unrelentingly bleak as it was...  MilesColtrane   Oct-24-07 01:13 AM   #33 
  - I grew up with very liberal reading habits...  AnneD   Oct-23-07 03:35 PM   #26 
  - Congratulations Mr. McCarthy.  MilesColtrane   Oct-23-07 03:50 PM   #28 

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