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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Aberdeen School District removes Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War from curriculum

Anyone else read this book? I got to experience it in grade school and I thought it was really well done. Now, because of "vulgar and homophobic language," parents are deluding themselves into thinking their kids won't be learning OR using that language if they pull the book.

I hate politically correct assholes.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

That book was banned at my high school years ago. If I remember right, Brian read it as part of his curriculum but they banned it before I took the same class the following school year. I did read it (checked it out from the same High School's library) and didn't see what all the fuss was about. I think the objection was to the part where the one kid pretends to take a picture of the other kid jerking off.

It was definately a better book than A Separate Peace.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:38 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Heh... I had to read A Separate Peace in that same grade school Smile I actually liked both books, but I was partial to The Chocolate War. What gets me is that parents are up in arms about one male student (in the book) calling another male student a "faggot" simply because he's making fun of them. I mean, shit... did those parents NEVER attend a grade- or high-school in their lives? That term is as frequently used as "hello" in most schools! Like banning this book is gonna curb that...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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John Wagners son attends Fallston High. He was among the parents who complained about the book at a board meeting. He said the mere fact that the book generated controversy meant it was better to remove it from the curriculum.


Oh yeah, right, because never generating controversy is our goal. I mean, The Jungle generated controversy. Lets ban it! Who needs it? NOT US! Let's make a whole list!! Screw thinking!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

i loved that book, i even read the sequel Beyond the Chocolate Wars.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wow, this makes me proud to work in Harford County Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I get less upset about schools banning books and teaching creationism when I stop thinking of them as places of education and more as daycare/day prison for people too young to vote.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

"No child left behind" at its best Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

bjciii wrote:
"No child left behind" at its best Wink


I seem to recall books being banned long before that.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yeah... they were, but I can't let a chance go by that allows me to take a shot at NCLB Razz

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