Thursday, October 20, 2005

Pandas and People and Howard Stern

Now that the ACLU has gotten into the book banning business, I have become more interested in the topic. The Washington Post has a column about a controversy over a reading list for an eighth grade English class. I am generally against banning books, but I think that there are good arguments that books for kids should be age appropriate and have academic merit.

As a contrast, which is more worthy of objection, Of Pandas and People for high school kids (see link above or here) or Private Parts by Howard Stern for eighth graders? How about Sex by Madonna, The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein, or Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen, which are all on the list? While we are discussing the quality of our science education, what about these choices for a quality English education? You can review the entire list here.


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