English class given signed books from Chuck Palahniuk

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About every two weeks, the students, faculty and staff of Mount Everett Regional High School hold a morning meeting and talk about "all the cool things" that happen at the small rural school, according to Principal Glenn Devoti.

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Feb 13, 2010
 
HOW INTERESTING THAT WE ARE INFORMING OUR KIDS THROUGH A CRITIQUE ON CAPITALISM FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE. I'LL HAVE TO TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT THIS.
WE TEACH OUR KIDS DRIVEL. NO WONDER SO MANY ARE FAILING.
AS TO THE POINT THAT THE KIDS LIKE IT; THEY ALSO LIKE MCDONALDS, CANDY & POT. DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE KIDS WERE THE ONES WHO SHAPE CULTURE, BUT THEN AGAIN, ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ARE HELL BENT ON DESTROYING? A DESTROYED PEOPLE ARE EASY TO CONTROL.

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Feb 13, 2010
 
What happened to the "Oddysey and the Illiad"?
loved the movie

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Feb 13, 2010
 
Which of the several books on the class' reading list is Marxist? Or about capitalism? The Crucible is about McCarthyism (one one level), but it sounds as if the teacher is exploring themes of the darkness of the human soul and the dual capacity for good and evil. She is also pursuing one of the last good hopes for reaching "lost" students: get them reading something that interests them.

I loved the movie "Fight Club" and can see why this would be a big hit with high school boys (and girls, but especially boys). I just hope the parents will be cool about the R-rated violence.

Good job, teacher, and three cheers for Mr. Palahniuk for his generous gift that these students will never forget.

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Feb 13, 2010
 
James wrote:
HOW INTERESTING THAT WE ARE INFORMING OUR KIDS THROUGH A CRITIQUE ON CAPITALISM FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE. I'LL HAVE TO TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT THIS.
WE TEACH OUR KIDS DRIVEL. NO WONDER SO MANY ARE FAILING.
AS TO THE POINT THAT THE KIDS LIKE IT; THEY ALSO LIKE MCDONALDS, CANDY & POT. DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE KIDS WERE THE ONES WHO SHAPE CULTURE, BUT THEN AGAIN, ISN'T THAT WHAT WE ARE HELL BENT ON DESTROYING? A DESTROYED PEOPLE ARE EASY TO CONTROL.
I am certain that another author would be given equal opportunity!
Kids grow up,and then they reshape culture!
Grow them up wisely,they choose your nursing home!
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Review: And yes,what did happen to the Odyssey and the Iliad? I heartily disagree with such poor quality reading material promoted by the government schools. Might we not try to better ourselves, rather than cater to the lowest human denominator?. So sick of feeding off trash in order to "learn". So this is your highest achievement? I am way under impressed MT. Everett High School & your supposed "intellectuals". Maybe we could once again try to produce scholars & build instead of tear down..

In Fight Club young urban professionals are just empty, white-collar drones desperate to find meaning beyond cubicle walls. One (Norton) embarks on a deranged personal odyssey when he learns he can get an adrenaline rush by engaging in bare-knuckle brawls.

His mentor on this journey is Tyler Durden (Pitt), a philosophizing psychopath who denounces consumerism and individualism in favor of pain. A rebel, he splices pornographic images into family films, urinates in people's food and sells soap made in his kitchen from liposuctioned fat. He's also a budding terrorist.

The friends start Fight Club, a secret society of men who meet in the basement of a bar and beat each other to a pulp. It is described as a religious experience. "Homework" includes picking fights with strangers, vandalism, arson and leveling high-rises. Norton plays Jekyll to Pitt's evil Hyde. But in the end, we realize they're really just two sides of the same person.

The film is visually intriguing, but squanders any style points by fixating on diseased material. For nearly two and a half hours, Fight Club pummels audiences with brutal violence. There's explicit, callous sexuality. Nudity. Alcohol. Obscene language (over 60 f-words). But the greatest threat to young viewers may be its portrayal of self-inflicted pain as a worthy high.

Teen idol Pitt fights, blows things up, brands a man with acid and crashes into another car ... for thrills. Even putting a gun in one's mouth and pulling the trigger adopts a glamorous veneer.

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Feb 14, 2010
 
James wrote:
Review: And yes,what did happen to the Odyssey and the Iliad? I heartily disagree with such poor quality reading material promoted by the government schools. Might we not try to better ourselves, rather than cater to the lowest human denominator?. So sick of feeding off trash in order to "learn". So this is your highest achievement? I am way under impressed MT. Everett High School & your supposed "intellectuals". Maybe we could once again try to produce scholars & build instead of tear down..
In Fight Club young urban professionals are just empty, white-collar drones desperate to find meaning beyond cubicle walls. One (Norton) embarks on a deranged personal odyssey when he learns he can get an adrenaline rush by engaging in bare-knuckle brawls.
His mentor on this journey is Tyler Durden (Pitt), a philosophizing psychopath who denounces consumerism and individualism in favor of pain. A rebel, he splices pornographic images into family films, urinates in people's food and sells soap made in his kitchen from liposuctioned fat. He's also a budding terrorist.
The friends start Fight Club, a secret society of men who meet in the basement of a bar and beat each other to a pulp. It is described as a religious experience. "Homework" includes picking fights with strangers, vandalism, arson and leveling high-rises. Norton plays Jekyll to Pitt's evil Hyde. But in the end, we realize they're really just two sides of the same person.
The film is visually intriguing, but squanders any style points by fixating on diseased material. For nearly two and a half hours, Fight Club pummels audiences with brutal violence. There's explicit, callous sexuality. Nudity. Alcohol. Obscene language (over 60 f-words). But the greatest threat to young viewers may be its portrayal of self-inflicted pain as a worthy high.
Teen idol Pitt fights, blows things up, brands a man with acid and crashes into another car ... for thrills. Even putting a gun in one's mouth and pulling the trigger adopts a glamorous veneer.
Forgive my spelling,I agree that the Book itself is more important than the mere reading of "A" book!

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