Nick Reads Ender's Game To His Little Brother MG 0358

Nick Reads Ender's Game To His Little Brother    MG 0358
2012-03-17 19:19:19
Just before bedtime - the boys are waiting for some St. Patrick's day hot chocolate, and nick (age 9) is reading Chapter 7 of Ender's Game to his little brother sequoia (age 5).

These aren't the best photos, but i'm making them accessible in light of current news that a South Carolina middle school teacher is suspended for reading the same book - Ender's Game. A parent complained to both the school and the police about pornographic material being read to their kid, and the school has responded by suspending the teacher.

How can a single complaint about a widely-read, 27-year-old book written for kids lead to a teacher's suspension?

I can understand objecting to the personal views of Orson Scott Card, but that's no reason to censor an excellent book or shut down a teacher who selects engaging subject matter.

What kid wouldn't love a story about tiny kids who save humankind from nasty alien invaders by playing video games? The book also accurately foreshadows political manipulation in the Internet and Usenet (called ``newsnet'' in the book), and computer security, information warfare issues, and the trend towards younger and younger high-tech employees -- all rolled into an awesome space adventure story. Totally Pornographic.

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Comments:

marhawkman: she has this look on her face like “are we done yet”?

But seriously… pornographic? How do they justify that?

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