Ban the Book-Burning Book for Banned Books Week?!*

5 10 2006

More bad news from Banned Books Week:
Irony, thy name is Unthinking and Ignorant Parent . . . Scott, here’s a dad (and mom) who need to be disengaged, if not from their own child’s education, then certainly from “public education!”

A Caney Creek High School dad is fired up because the Conroe Independent School District uses the book “Fahrenheit 451” as classroom reading material.

Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language.
“The book had a bunch of very bad language in it,” Diana Verm said. “It shouldn’t be in there because it’s offending people. … If they can’t find a book that uses clean words, they shouldn’t have a book at all.”

Hmmm, maybe if we piped in a clean smell while they look at dirty words in books, parents would like it better?Or would the opposite work better? Cognitive science is so interesting to those of us who think . . .

“Fahrenheit 451” is a science fiction piece that poses a warning to society about the preservation and passing on of knowledge as well as asks the question about whether the government should do the thinking for the people, Hines stated in an e-mail to The Courier.

Other themes include conformity vs. individuality, freedom of speech and the consequences of losing it, the importance of remembering and understanding history and technology as help to humans and as hindrances to humans . .



2 responses

5 10 2006

My DS was chuckling about these people earlier. He’s 13. He got it. Some people though. . . they’ll never get it.


5 10 2006

We should get your DS and my DD together, maybe roll tape! I bet they would be worth watching. DD had her college film class today and was describing their roving discussion of The Big Heat and what it made them think of — the difference in her cultural referents and observations compared to the usual schooled perspective was very entertaining. For me at least!

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