Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird dropped from US school curriculum

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“Where did I put my tiara?”

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Dec 7, 2012
 
FKA Reader wrote:
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Tempest in a teapot, Glitter.
Nobody is squelching classics (although you might get some disgreement as to whether GWTW qualifies). There is, however, a new emphasis on being able to read increasingly complex works of non-fiction that relate to other content areas (science, math, technology, history, geography and the like).
Some of the works recommended in those areas are classics in their own right (works by Euclid, founding documents of our government, biographies and histories). But, they are not being recommended instead of fictional classics normally expected to be read in an English classroom. They are recommended reading in other content areas.
There has to be a healthy balance. What you consider a classic vs. what I consider classic is a moot point. Discussion is where it is...isn't that we post on topix? Some laughs, some mud slinging, some learning. I would, and never have, shelter my children from anything. Okay, porn, they can find that on their own. I don't need anyone telling me what my children should or should not be "exposed" to.

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#25
Dec 7, 2012
 
GlitterSucks wrote:
<quoted text>There has to be a healthy balance. What you consider a classic vs. what I consider classic is a moot point. Discussion is where it is...isn't that we post on topix? Some laughs, some mud slinging, some learning. I would, and never have, shelter my children from anything. Okay, porn, they can find that on their own. I don't need anyone telling me what my children should or should not be "exposed" to.
Good writing should be universally recognized, but too many times politics or just plain snobbery intrude on the judgements of some. Stephen King has written his fair share of dreck, but I would put "The Stand" and "The Shining" right up there with anything taught on a college campus today.

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Good writing should be universally recognized, but too many times politics or just plain snobbery intrude on the judgements of some. Stephen King has written his fair share of dreck, but I would put "The Stand" and "The Shining" right up there with anything taught on a college campus today.
And we have all turned in brilliant papers and ones that we go, really? My point, if a writing elicits conversation, reflection on your own literary skills (think catman), what is wrong? Nothing except the squelching of learning. Doesn't fly in my book.
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#27
Dec 7, 2012
 
'Catcher In The Rye' sucks.

Furthermore it is extremely dated. Time to move onto more relevant works.

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GlitterSucks wrote:
<quoted text>And we have all turned in brilliant papers and ones that we go, really? My point, if a writing elicits conversation, reflection on your own literary skills (think catman), what is wrong? Nothing except the squelching of learning. Doesn't fly in my book.
Who is squelching learning?

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#29
Dec 7, 2012
 
As a former librarian in Columbus City Schools, my 4th and 5th graders snatched the books off the shelf that were termed "bad books".
Yeah, inner city kids don't want to learn..
Sure! Can you make learning exciting? I did.

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Boomer7 wrote:
As a former librarian in Columbus City Schools, my 4th and 5th graders snatched the books off the shelf that were termed "bad books".
Yeah, inner city kids don't want to learn..
Sure! Can you make learning exciting? I did.
You mean books by Judy Blume and the like?

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The surest way to get someone to want something, is to tell them they can't have it.
From Genesis to this day...

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Karl Monday wrote:
<quoted text>The surest way to get someone to want something, is to tell them they can't have it.
Right on!

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Dec 7, 2012
 
I remember slogging through The Scarlet Letter looking for the good parts.

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>You mean books by Judy Blume and the like?
No Blue or the "Arthur" books!
I gave my kids a well rounded element of literature.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner along with a chat about "Trees", Joyce Kilmer.

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>You mean books by Judy Blume and the like?
You have not pmed me about the question I asked?
Are you the real George?

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Boomer7 wrote:
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No Blue or the "Arthur" books!
I gave my kids a well rounded element of literature.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner along with a chat about "Trees", Joyce Kilmer.
I remember studying Kilmer in Grade 5.

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You have not pmed me about the question I asked?
Are you the real George?
I sent you one the other night. You never received it?
I mentioned my dad, his aircraft and some of the bases he flew out of as well as your job on the -135.
Hang tight, I'll resend it now.

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Karl Monday wrote:
<quoted text>I admit I have not heard of either of them, you are more cultured than I am.
We're good!
I grew up in a different inner city, not Columbus. Reading was essential.

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<quoted text>I sent you one the other night. You never received it?
I mentioned my dad, his aircraft and some of the bases he flew out of as well as your job on the -135.
Hang tight, I'll resend it now.
Got it!
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Karl Monday wrote:
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I grew up in a suburb, the only reading that we did that wasn't forced was Harry Potter.
The last book I read cover to cover, was I think "The Amateur".
And you are as dumb as a pole ax for it.

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Hilliard Village Idiot wrote:
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And you are as dumb as a pole ax for it.
Terrified of knowledge, aren't you?
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<quoted text>Terrified of knowledge, aren't you?
What do you know of knowledge?

Luddite.
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Karl Monday wrote:
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How can we be Luddites if we are posting messages on a computer using the internet?
Think, leftist, think...
Gee, you made it to 1986! Wanna play Pong?

You're still light years behind and won't catch up until to retrieve your brain from your buttocks.

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