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Berkeley County School District Bans 1971's "Go Ask Alice" as I...

There are 13 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Feb 24, 2008, titled Berkeley County School District Bans 1971's "Go Ask Alice" as I.... In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A book that frequently is banned from school reading lists has been booted from the required reading for middle-schoolers in Berkeley County.

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#1 Feb 25, 2008
The "required" reading for these schools is a stupid exercise in futility. Both of my kids have read the books, but they are not tested on or even discuss in the class room what was read. Both complain about the subject manner and the number of offensive words in them. They are being forced to read stories that really do not teach any values or even a good lesson. What ever happened to reading the more classical stories?

Paramount, CA

#2 Feb 25, 2008
This was published more than forty years ago. It's a fake that claims to be a real diary of a nice girl who got into drugs and ruined her life. It's moralizing and dishonest and worst, it's really stupid. Why lie to children? It's not the way to get them to respect you. Why was it on the curriculum at all? This is the kind of book kids will pass around to read on the back of the school bus. Assigned reading should have some merit besides voyeurism. Who is putting together the curriculum? The problem isn't that Go Ask Alice doesn't present the right moral lesson, it does-- it says very clearly "don't do drugs." The problem is that it is dishonest about it and a waste of time.

Irmo, SC

#3 Feb 25, 2008

Port Moody, Canada

#4 Feb 25, 2008
WHY was this book even on the required reading list in the first place?? Seriously....

“possum slayer”

Since: Feb 08

live in the woods

#5 Feb 26, 2008
its because shes 10 ft tall.
just dont recall this as required reading.....
littleredridingh ood

Clemmons, NC

#6 Mar 10, 2008
The Book gives most students something to relate to. If you've actually read the book,(and really read it) there's situations that almost every student can relate to. What high school student doesn't fight with their parents? What high school student isn't tempted by parties, drugs, and alcohol? What student isn't thinking about sex, losing their virginity, and having their first boyfriends. In this day and age, MOST students are. Even private schools show relation to this. By reading this book, students are taught the possibilities of what could happen, and can hopefully teach them a lesson by the fact that she is found dead at the end of the book.

^ That's why it was on required reading lists.

Kailua Kona, HI

#7 Mar 11, 2008
Did anyone hear about the tragic deaths in Huger, SC. I heard a man shot his wife and father-in-law dead. And if that wasn't enough; he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. This just happened Sunday, March 9th. Call the local news and have them do a story

Chapin, SC

#8 Mar 11, 2008
was the book banned? or, just removed from the required reading list? the headline implies one thing, the story another.

Morristown, NJ

#9 Nov 7, 2012
man ths book is boring

Morristown, NJ

#10 Nov 7, 2012
yeah stefany i am agree with u

Morristown, NJ

#11 Nov 7, 2012
thanks but i donĀ“t know u robert

Morristown, NJ

#12 Nov 7, 2012
gives me u phone

Morristown, NJ

#13 Nov 7, 2012
wtf is wrong with u man byeeeeeeeee

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