Skip to comments.South Carolina Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students
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 Cards science fiction classic Enders Game to his middle school students.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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