Skip to comments.Teacher Buys Student "Fifty Shades of Grey" for Reading Class
Posted on 05/03/2013 9:40:59 AM PDT by ransomnote
A Philadelphia mother wants her sons high school teacher fired after he bought the teen the novel Fifty Shades of Grey for in-class reading.
Maya Ladson says she was shocked to find a copy of the racy read in her 14-year-olds book bag back on March 9. That shock turned to outrage when she found out how he got the book.
The minute I found out about it, it raised concern, the mother told NBC10.com Thursday. This is not OK to me. This is major.
Ladson's son, who is a 9th grade student at Eastern University Academy Charter School in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, asked for and was given the book by his teacher and adviser Philip Aidoo.
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“Teacher and advisor”
We know what that means.
At least the mother isn’t happy about this. That’s a good sign.
I was worried he might have given the kid a bible, which would have gotten him fired immediately, and probably gotten him put on a terrorist watch list.
I want to know who mom voted for before anything else.
In Braille ?
“Charter” schools are still gubmint schools.
The police need to investigate teacher Aidoo. They’d doubtless find some “activity” with his students. This kind of thing is a classic “grooming” move.
Nope, can’t have any of those Greek classics.
French - nope, no frogs.
British - bad influence.
And one wonders why home schooling is becoming more and more popular.
However, I am somewhat surprised that this comes from a “Charter School”. I thought that - being not directly associated with the *sshats currently running our public schools - there might actually have been some standards.
I’ve never heard of a teacher buying books for a class. Something here is unclear. You can be sure the teacher did not pay out of his pocket.
If he did in fact pay for the books “out of his own pocket” then he was probably expected to submit the invoice in order to be reimbursed by the school. When the parent objected, suddenly it became ‘his purchase’ in order to shield the school. This is potentially a way to get around alot of parental involvement - parents are allowed to review the text books and remain unaware of whatever ideology or ‘grooming’ teachers choose to put forth.
sloppy post - sorry. I meant that the school/teachers may allow parents to review ‘school materials’ like text books but on the side, allow teachers to provide students with ‘enrichment material’ (not just pornographic but also ideologically inappropriate) by having them order books online in the classroom. The students could leave their ‘special’ books in class (probably directed to do so).
With pop-up characters. Maybe even scratch and sniff version.
I’ve known teachers who purchased stuff for their students and no the schools usually do not reimburse them.
Then again, arming teachers may not be such a good idea. Some of them are real loons.
And the teacher’s a dude to boot!
quotes from the comments section:
“ Apparently he should know better than to trust this woman’s son. He has been punished and that should be the end of it. The child on the other hand purposely mislead this teacher and asked for something he knew was inappropriate. “
“She should counter by buying the school 50 Bibles. Books can’t hurt you right? Learning moral lessons about life is good right? Pizzin’ off the A.C.L.U. is even better...... right?”
“, its clearly the parents fault that the child wanted it in the first place, what is he being exposed to by them!”
This is is Charter School—not a public school. I find that even more appalling. Chances are that the kid’s parents are paying for him to attend that school.
Isn’t that a story about how someone gets beaten down and abused to the point where they are psychologically broken and submit to whatever their masters tell them to do? Sounds like the teacher was just trying to teach the kid what our public education system does to students.
What would you say if I told you that this was all an advertising ploy for “Fifty Shades of Grey” ?
The charter schools my grandchildren attend are NOT public schools.
Private are often just as PC
just not as loony
Charter schools are just government schools. Liberal RINOs cheerlead for them.....but they are still government schools
Homeschool Homeschool Homeschool
I wish it was only an advertising scam by 50 Shades of Grey. I suspect that this male teacher has an unseemly desire to provide a young, trusting boy with sexually explicit material for a reason. That book is well known and not hurting for advertising. I don’t believe the teacher had never heard of the content, didn’t bother to read a book description when he bought it (can you buy that through school sources? would it be listed by grade level there or flagged as explicit? was it from Amazon - on the same page that describes the book as erotic?) nor noted that the book was labeled as explicit on the cover when it arrived. Makes me cringe a little to read the comments saying that it was just an act of ‘kindness’.
Can you? I have heard of several cases where teachers were being asked to 'buy' items like books, pencils, paper, etc. for the students, because the 'district' couldn't afford it and the students couldn't afford it because they needed the latest smart phone.
tax deductions for educators:
When I was in high school 20+ years ago, my English teachers (who were husband and wife) had a mini-library of their own books they lent to students. They were pretty careful about content, though. If they anticipated an objection to a particular book, the student who wanted to borrow it had to get his/her parents permission to do so. When they retired, they gave most of the books away to students.
It’s true that teachers buy supplies for students but I’ve seen them buy scissors, craft paper, glue, pencils etc - these are resources used to get through the school day - hence the teacher is sacrificing to make sure students learn. The book is $8.76 on Amazon - not sure how many children he bought books for that day but I’m guessing that guy could have checked the book out of the public library and brought it to class if he wanted to. But around $9 per child for books of “unknown quality or value” to the class? He could have checked it out of the public library for the child but then that would tie him more closely to providing it to the child, wouldn’t it?
Surprised to see that the news anchor in the video covering this story (on linked page) is named Nefertiti.
Could be worse.
He could be reading "Catcher in the Rye."
Charter schools are independent public schools. Kids do not have to pay for them. They are funded by the govt.
...other than the fact that it is the book that the boy asked for, just like everyone else in the class? This was an 'independent' reading project, which I imagine means to ENCOURAGE them to read, the teacher offered to buy them each a book of THEIR choice, instead of having everyone read the same assigned book selected by the teacher.
Some where along the line, the teacher SHOULD have taken the ADULT responsibility to make a MORAL CHOICE, especially since the funds came out his pocket. Maybe he thought that he was encouraging 'censorship' if he denied a student the book of his OWN CHOOSING, and he may have literally told them, "ANY BOOK YOU WANT".
Maybe the teacher has liberal values and saw nothing wrong with an adolescent being curious about sex (Is that what the book is about? I'd never heard of it until now.)
Or maybe he is just a deviant.
Hard to tell as it seems the media was more concerned about showing the cover of the book than anything else.
Perhaps (actually, more likely) the teacher ‘bought’ them the books because they are also told they could KEEP THEM.
Many of the books I read while in school, I wanted to and did keep.
What I would like to know is why did Mommy’s little 9th grade angel PICK that book as his favorite ?
Just where does he get his ‘moral’ guidance ?
Uhmmm...he’s a teen aged boy. They are, at the very least, curious at that age, am I right? His mommy probably didn’t have anything to do with his interest in reading about sex. There’s nothing wrong with the boy wanting to read about sex - the kid’s innocent. The teacher - not so much. He’s been teaching and advising at the school for years; he must know what is expected of him as an educator.
It started out as internet fan fiction based on Twilight. They just changed Edward from a rich vampire to a rich guy into spankings, sex toys and butt sex with girls.
I have so many issues with Twilight, I won’t even attempt shades
I call BE. No way this teacher did not know what it was about.
Who would honestly believe that?
I wonder just what kinds of books are routinely supplied to students this way?
Think of the 60's. Marxist teachers/ professors supplying students with their communist literature.
What I would like to know is why did Mommys little 9th grade angel PICK that book as his favorite ?
Just where does he get his moral guidance ?
From his mother, if the school will let her be the guide. Certainly not from the school (teacher).
As someone noted upthread, the book is fanfiction (aka fanfic). The ‘author’ who got rich off it didn’t actually write it. The book was written by people who posted additions to the story on a fan website. The ‘author’ who raked in the millions for this book just picked up what all the fans had written and sold it. A large number of the 7,000 negative reviews for this book on Amazon focused on the fact that it’s very poorly written, simplistic etc. There’s incredulity that a book that appears to be have been written by teenagers lacking literacy made it to the top. This is reason enough that the book was not appropriate reading material for a teacher to buy a student.
But it’s also explicit sex (many reviews say it’s on virtually every page) featuring bondage/domination that many women have found degrading (from an amazon review “Then he rather systematically teaches her to associate increasing pain with sexual pleasure. Though she comes to fear and hate this, she thought-bargains with herself that if she accepts the pain he doles out, she will gain leverage to make him tell his painful history” That reviewer went on to say that the book glorifies codependency, abuse, and manipulation). I think parents get to have some say over the quality and content of the materials the school provides her child, even more so if the content is sensitive (religious, political, sexual etc.)
For those wondering what the book is about: The reviews of this book on Amazon are less explicit than those which appear on Goodreads.com which often feature profanity and direct quotes and bawdy synopsis but are which provide the most direct look at the trash...uh...I mean book.
Actually, we paid for our grandkids......
Then it’s a private school.
True. But what is this particular book about? Homosexuality, Heterosexuality, Bestiality ?
50 Shades of Gray sounds rather 'liberal'.
So... it's like MTV's JACKASS but with women ?
Charter schools are public schools-—no tuition.
I read the book,it’s about heterosexual,sado-masochistic sex.Needless to say I didn’t bother with the next two in the trilogy.
The sex is so pervasive it gets boring.
Give me a good murder mystery any day.
So... it is like JACKASS with women.
The sex is so pervasive it gets boring.
Just like JACKASS, and pretty much MTV in general. Are they still on the air ?