First things most important: the Milwaukee charter school teacher who assigned her seventh graders the persuasive writing topic "defend the Ku Klux Klan" is herself African-American, so it's unlikely she was acting out of racial animus when, again, she assigned her seventh graders the persuasive writing topic "defend the Ku Klux Klan." Intent is important! That is why we have different crimes for manslaughter and murder!
We read the book and then watched the movie. I don't remember what grade... maybe 8th?
School "choice" at work, ladies and gents!
Is this one of those new fangled cyborg teachers I have heard about. Supposedly they are the wave of the future.
Kids will go to school with rolls of silver dollars that they will pump into the teaching slot, pull the handle and gamble on the outcome.
They tried to take it out entirely here in VA because they use a bad word.VAPORS!!!!Fuck these troglodytes.
I had it in middle school, but had already read it in elementary school. My kids, too. :)
Me either. I don't want anything to take away the way I felt reading Mockingbird the first time.
This is in response to the piece on the teacher who will assign her students to write a paper on defending the Ku Klux Klan. The rationale for the assignment can be found in a dictum from John Stuart Mill, saying, in essence: Those who know only their own side of an issue know little of that.
You don't have to defend the KKK to learn about their side of the issue or their history.
In the 7th grade, the Klan is not be the best subject to use, but learning how to be an effective devil's advocate is a really useful skill. One of my best bosses would do it and taught me to as well. It really helps to allow you to strengthen an argument.
When is PETA going to chime in and object to "killing mockingbirds" ?
The health class assignment was "describe the benefits of Crohn's Disease."
"Turned out that's what Unifirst did in real life." Blamed the people of Woburn and Brittany Spears?
Bill O'Reilly agrees: https://twitter.com/FoxNews...
Not that impressive: Rob Petrie slept through it. (Dick Van Dyke Show episode in 1965. Rob sleeps through the movie and is later mistakenly arrested for something else. The police don't believe he slept through that movie. Something like that--hazy memory!)
A principal of real world management:" Part of my job is to identify the problem with your solution"
One of the reasons that kids should read these books in middle school and high school is so that they will go back and read them as adults.I just re read Wuthering Heights. I hated the book when I was 15, have a new appreciation for it now.