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Old 03-20-2012, 12:40 PM
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South Carolina Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students - Forbes

I don't see what's so bad about it, having read it years ago. In fact they are filming the movie as I type this in New Orleans to be released next year.

This happened to a middle school teacher in Aiken, SC. I have a girlfriend who lives there and the best I can describe is it's a very rural small town. People keep to themselves but I still see no reason for a school district to side with a parent on nonsense.

Would you as a parent be upset at a teacher for reading this to his/her class or assigning them to read it?

Old 03-20-2012, 12:47 PM
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Pornographic??!! I don't remember every detail. But if there was anything even a little bit sexual, it was a teeny part of the book.
Old 03-20-2012, 12:58 PM
Location: Geneva, IL
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People will always complain about something. My son's 5th grade class read "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas", and of course someone complained it was too upsetting for their child.
Old 03-20-2012, 01:03 PM
Location: TX
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This is a great book . My 11 year old is reading it right now because he found an old copy I was getting ready to sell back to the used book-store. I can't remember anything bad about it, but I know I read it as a young teen.

I would not be upset over a teacher reading it, but we homeschool, so it's a moot point here.
Old 03-20-2012, 01:33 PM
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My favorite book, ever, I've probably read it ten times.

It does start with some pretty ruthless violence of one child against another and the children in the battle school spend most of their time naked but I don't recall a single sexual moment in the story. It shows children acting mature beyond their ages, but nothing a 12 year couldn't handle especially with a teacher who can answer questions about why they act the way they do. No more violent than Animal Farm (read at 12) or Lord of the Flies (read at 14).
Old 03-20-2012, 02:08 PM
Location: Sudcaroland
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WOW, this is ridiculous!
I live in Aiken, so it really shocks me...
Old 03-20-2012, 04:25 PM
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This book is perfectly appropriate for middle schoolers, IMO. Someone in that school made a bad call, but it isn't that teacher.
Old 03-20-2012, 05:06 PM
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Yes, not only appropriate for middle school, but endlessly interesting in terms of exploring really deep themes.

You can explore competition, war, manipulation (by the government, by adults in general, etc.), friendship and what it means, family and culture, and much more.
Old 03-20-2012, 05:18 PM
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Read the updates at the end of the link in the OP. Appears that what the teacher was suspended for was reading questionable internet material to the class, not Ender's Game. Apparently only the parent called it "pornography" which in and of itself is laughable. He apparently had never read the book, a synopsis of the book, or does not know what the word pornography means.
Old 03-20-2012, 05:45 PM
Location: Hyrule
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Certain religions have hit lists with books on them to look for. I think teachers need to get a copy of those lists. Geez, how much can teachers go through these days!!! No wonder it's a hard to fill job, I'm thankful I teach in a college setting but I still worry a bit.
Unfortunately the kid brings in government money, the teacher takes it. The teacher will be the one leaving I'm sure.
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