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South Carolina Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students
Forbes ^ | 3/19/2012 | Erik Kane

Posted on 03/20/2012 12:36:10 PM PDT by fremont_steve

In South Carolina a teacher has been placed on administrative leave for reading excerpts of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game to his middle school students.

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TOPICS: Education
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To: I Drive Too Fast

LOL


51 posted on 03/20/2012 2:32:47 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: fremont_steve

Nice to see that it’s likely not Ender’s Game but some other materials that the parent was objecting to.

Some of Card’s stuff has very Mormom themes. Ender’s Game doesn’t. It’s one of the top ten SF novels ever written and probably the best description of brilliant children I’ve read. Card is genius with character and knows a lot about writing (his books on writing are among the best I’ve read) but a lot of his books are kind of lame. Ender’s Game is a classic though.


52 posted on 03/20/2012 2:37:59 PM PDT by JenB
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To: Taylor42

The movie sucked so bad because the screenplay and director literally threw away every good idea Herbert wrote, and tried to replace them with nonsensical flash. If you haven’t seen the mini-series the Sci-Fi channel made, you missed a much better treatment.

http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Herberts-Dune-Three-Disc-Directors/dp/B0000639EV/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1332280415&sr=1-1


53 posted on 03/20/2012 2:56:05 PM PDT by Kellis91789 (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.)
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To: fremont_steve

I think the later books in the “Ender” series would be too much for middle-schoolers . . . but “Ender’s Game” is a fine short story (actually I think maybe it’s a novella? can’t recall right now) and a fine book. They *are* pretty rough emotionally, sort of like Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and I think they might be upsetting to some kids. But I would let my middle-school kid read them.


54 posted on 03/20/2012 11:16:15 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (If you back Newt . . . then SEND HIM MONEY!! "Be Breitbart, Baby!")
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To: fish hawk
I guess I have been out to lunch as I have never heard of this book, ever. To me though, the Dune series by Frank Herbert would be impossible to top. I've read the whole series. If any here has read both authors, how would you compare?

Similiar in the sense that both get into what it means to be a true warrior, and how the mind is the greatest weapon - and the greatest vulnerability.

In any event, if you read Dune, you MUST read Ender's Game.

55 posted on 03/20/2012 11:38:27 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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