THIS BOOK IS OK: One of the books recommended by an Appleton curriculum committee that met in secret, according to a lawsuit by a conservative public interest group.
Open meetings law in Wisconsin
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I’d file a lawsuit over the $1,400 each price tag. It would be interesting to see if the seller is related, or is a lodge brother, etc. of any of the committe members.
When I graduated from high school in 1977....we had no recommended reading list. In fact, somewhere after the seventh grade, you could tell there was no formal push by the teachers that you ‘had’ to read any book during the year. They gave extra credit for book reports....but typically....half the kids didn’t bother to read anything.
I suspect this whole recommended reading list agenda really is a waste of time. Just open up the library, and if the kid wants to read...let them find their own books or such. To be honest, with the exception of Steinbeck’s writings....I haven’t read a single book of fiction since 1975. Everything else has to deal with history. And I didn’t need a recommendation list.
I think that book is entirely appropriate. What better example from the past would parallel our present?
Starred Review. Grade 5-8Hitler's plans for the future of Germany relied significantly on its young people, and this excellent history shows how he attempted to carry out his mission with the establishment of the Hitler Youth, or Hitlerjugend, in 1926. With a focus on the years between 1933 and the end of the war in 1945, Bartoletti explains the roles that millions of boys and girls unwittingly played in the horrors of the Third Reich. The book is structured around 12 young individuals and their experiences, which clearly demonstrate how they were victims of leaders who took advantage of their innocence and enthusiasm for evil means. Their stories evolve from patriotic devotion to Hitler and zeal to join, to doubt, confusion, and disillusion. (An epilogue adds a powerful what-became-of-them relevance.) The large period photographs are a primary component and they include Nazi propaganda showing happy and healthy teens as well as the reality of concentration camps and young people with large guns. The final chapter superbly summarizes the weighty significance of this part of the 20th century and challenges young readers to prevent history from repeating itself. Bartoletti lets many of the subjects' words, emotions, and deeds speak for themselves, bringing them together clearly to tell this story unlike anyone else has.Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hmmm! I wonder what the school board felt it needed to hide by having “informal” closed meetings.
There nothing like the smell of a good book burning in the morning.
I’m gonna guess this one...
...didn’t make the list.