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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students 1054

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An anonymous reader writes "Forbes reports that a middle school teacher in South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave for reading sci-fi classic Ender's Game to his students. According to blogger Tod Kelly, '[A parent] reported him to the school district complained that the book was pornographic; that same parent also asked the local police to file criminal charges against the teacher. As of today, the police have not yet decided whether or not to file charges (which is probably a good sign that they won't). The school district, however, appears to agree with the parent, is considering firing the teacher and will be eliminating the book from the school.'"
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

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  • Well there was that scene where Ender shows up at Petra's dorm wearing a sleeveless jean jacket with a utility belt and says that he heard the cable was broken ... or wait, am I confusing Ender's Game with Logjammin'? I mean, clearly, they're basically the same thing.
    • by DrGamez (1134281) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:36PM (#39416525)
      They are ok with literal genocide committed by a child soldier, but the moment the kid has to take a shower (and fight a bully), NOW it's pornographic?

      I don't want to live on this pl- no. I don't want THESE people to live on my planet anymore.
      • by chispito (1870390) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:50PM (#39416799)

        They are ok with literal xenocide committed by a child soldier, but the moment the kid has to take a shower (and fight a bully), NOW it's pornographic? I don't want to live on this pl- no. I don't want THESE people to live on my planet anymore.

        FTFY for all nerdkind.

      • by ifiwereasculptor (1870574) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:52PM (#39416833)

        It was read to the class. Doesn't it mean it was pornophonic? Which has to be less severe. I mean... if it were the same in terms of arousal effectiveness, I imagine radio porn would be rampant.

        • by yurtinus (1590157) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @04:04PM (#39418991)
          Come on now, surely you know exactly what's going on from your days in school...

          Student doesn't like the teacher for one reason or another, starts looking for the slightest provocations to harm the teacher. Student finds a reason, rants and raves and cries to mom about it, mom rushes to defend her precious snowflake. School administration fearing lawsuits and the PR backlash sides with the parent and fires teacher. Student pockets this victory and starts looking for the next. Keep an eye on this student, they are going to be big in politics or business some day...
          • by mjwx (966435) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @10:07PM (#39422819)

            Come on now, surely you know exactly what's going on from your days in school...

            Student doesn't like the teacher for one reason or another, starts looking for the slightest provocations to harm the teacher. Student finds a reason, rants and raves and cries to mom about it, mom rushes to defend her precious snowflake. School administration fearing lawsuits and the PR backlash sides with the parent and fires teacher. Student pockets this victory and starts looking for the next. Keep an eye on this student, they are going to be big in politics or business some day...

            The student is not to blame, even if they were looking for a way to strike out at a teacher. The blame here lies in the parent(s) who made the complaints. The parent should have made sure the complaint was legitimate.

            This is the problem with parents today. The school system and teachers are trying their best to educate children but they run head first into "golden uterus" syndrome which has infected parents meaning that their child is the most precious thing in the universe and must be protected from anything slightly remotely harmful. This hasn't been helped by society putting kids on a pedestal (ye olde think of the children).

            The problem is, as you pointed out that Mum, drives her Mum-Tank into the principals office and demands to know why her child has been punished or is learning something she considers unsavoury. Unfortunately school policy is to appease the parents rather then to defend their position. This is mainly due to the fact that if the parent's dont get their way they'll go on TV with a "shocking report" revealing how schools are damaging our kids.

            In Australia it's gotten to the point where the worst thing that can be written on a report card is "Little Johnny needs to pay more attention in class" as threats from parents with no clue and no inclination to punish their little ratbags have become so great. Teachers and principals now live in fear.

            I think parent's need to be reined in, it's their responsibility to punish their children when they do something wrong but unfortunately, they punish anyone else who tries to rein in their inconsiderate, illiterate, little crotchspawn. Maybe if we made parents responsible for what their crotchspawns do, but that wont happen until there is a fundamental shift in the way society thinks (society thinks, isn't that an oxymoron).

      • by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:08PM (#39418155)

        They are ok with literal genocide committed by a child soldier, but the moment the kid has to take a shower (and fight a bully), NOW it's pornographic?

        Having gone to a high school where no less than ten of the students I saw everyday became mommies long before graduation, but no attempts at xeno/genocide, it doesn't really come as a big surprise to me.

      • by interval1066 (668936) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:37PM (#39418555) Homepage Journal
        Welcome to S. Carolina. We admire men with guns yelling "Yee Haw" who shoot up the criminals, hostges, and bystanders [wikipedia.org] in the name of JVSTICE, but pornography??? By god.. HANG 'EM HIGH!!! Yee Haw!! Give that kid a gun right there, he's my next deputy...
    • by honestmonkey (819408) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:15PM (#39417189) Journal
      "Bomb those nasty aliens. Fly right up there and bomb them. Oh, yes, those nasty, nasty aliens, bomb them hard. More, more! You know how to do it!" Well, that's from memory, so maybe it's not 100% correct. Pretty sure that's from Ender's Game...
  • Put them to work (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:31PM (#39416455)

    We need to find something to do for these people who just sit at home waiting for things to get outraged at (a.k.a. the “volleyball is exclusionary and tag promotes violence” types).

    Some probably poses at least basic intelligence and education. Surely there is some way they can be made a useful part of our society. I think if they had something productive to focus on, we wouldn’t hear about stupid shit like this as often.

    On a more serious note, I get that some people get off on being outraged/protesting/fighting something. We all know people like this. In a lot of cases they aren’t even really into the cause, they just like being behind something. When they have kids, it’s like a whole new world of stuff to complain about is opened up.

    I’m sure this isn’t the first time the school has heard from her (ok, I’m gonna be sexist.. but this _has_ to be the Mother (Mother with a capital "M".. you know the type..)). You don’t go from 0 to this. I just wish these people would think about everyone else they hurt when they indulge their need to whine and at least try to put that energy into something more helpful to the world.

    • by Hatta (162192) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:36PM (#39416517) Journal

      The problem isn't the outrage, it's that it's aimed at useless targets. By and large, the bigger problem with our society is complacency. When we really need outrage, e.g., to put bankers in jail for their crimes, the same busibodies are nowhere to be found.

      • by Anrego (830717) * on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:46PM (#39416725)

        The thing about protesting that kind of thing, is you put yourself at risk. This is largely why I am part of that complacent mass. I have a job, a home, a bright looking future. I think there's lots of problems with the world that should be fixed, but I sure as hell am not going to risk losing what I have. The only people who can protest this stuff are people who don't have much to begin with, and they just get shrugged off as "jobless hippies". It's actually a suspiciously well engineered little system.

        Calling up the school in a huff because the cafeteria serves junk food on the other hand.. very low risk for the bored stay at home mom..

        • Why stay at home? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by khasim (1285) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:17PM (#39417217)

          Your circumstances are perfect for getting involved politically.

          Start locally. Have you written a PAPER letter to your Congress critters yet? To your governor? To your state legislature?

          If not, why not?

          Have you volunteered for a political candidate?

        • by SmallFurryCreature (593017) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:23PM (#39417335) Journal

          Congratulations slave, you have proven the Conservatives right, they believed that making the working class home owners would turn them into good reliable little workers unwilling to risk the house they can't afford with silly things such as looking for a new job, or even thinking about striking.

          Why bother with capturing slaves when the feeble just whip themselves?

          Mind you, you wouldn't be so bad, if the bleeding hearts wouldn't feel sorry you if you get slaughtered in the revolution. But somehow, your kind then suddenly turns into "innocent" citizens and not supporters of the regime.

          • by Anrego (830717) * on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:45PM (#39417739)

            unwilling to risk the house they can't afford

            Almost paid for.. never had any major financial trouble in my life. Just because some people bought houses way out of their price range doesn't mean every home owner ends up screwing themselves. I went for a reasonably priced house with a reasonable term mortgage and 30% down payment (protip: if you can't save up at least 20% within a reasonable time.. do't buy it!) and with room to breath in the event of a major interest rate hike or other financial hardship.

            I've lived within my means and have kept up on my retirement savings.

            Why bother with capturing slaves when the feeble just whip themselves?

            Yes.. job I like, decent money, house, car, time to spend on my hobbies.. my life is just terrible. I get that the people struggling down there are frustrated, and it's nice to think that the middle class only think they are happy but are really suffering.. however the truth is we are for the most part legitimately happy. That's why we arn't out protesting...

            Slaughtered in the revolution.

            The middle class probably need to be on board to have a hope in hell in getting anywhere with that one.

            Then again, I'm Canadian... thing's arn't _as_ bleak up here yet.

        • by multimediavt (965608) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:40PM (#39417629)

          I have a job, a home, a bright looking future. I think there's lots of problems with the world that should be fixed, but I sure as hell am not going to risk losing what I have.

          Then, frankly, you don't belong in a democratic society. The whole point of our society and especially how the U.S. was set up to begin with was so that anyone in the populous could fight for what they believe is right without the fear of losing everything they have for speaking up. I am beginning to think that complacency isn't the real problem here, cowardice is. When did America get castrated by the corporations and the bullies? It's a sad day in a democracy when the people are afraid to say something is right or wrong because they are afraid to lose everything.

        • Re:Put them to work (Score:5, Interesting)

          by mariox19 (632969) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:12PM (#39418221)

          I remember watching a movie, The Firm, where Tom Cruise plays a lawyer working for a firm that turns out to be in the employ of the Mob. The firm operates by mean of a gloved fist. In one scene, Cruise's wife and another wife of a partner at the firm are walking together -- the other wife is a real Stepford Wife type -- when the subject of children comes up. Cruise's wife says that she and her husband plan on having children.

          "Oh, good" says the other wife. "The firm encourages family. It promotes stability."

          In the context of the film, it was obvious that there was ultimately menace behind the firm's "encouragement," but as soon as I saw that scene I thought, "Holy shit! That's how society works. That's what the status quo holds over people's heads." I was young at the time, so it was like a revelation. Later, when I became a history major, I learned that the Norman's of France made their way all over Europe, conquering lands, and were also very active in the Crusades, and all because the bulk of them were unmarried men with nothing to lose and everything to gain. (Inheritance laws deprived younger sons of any automatic livelihood.)

          I guess what I'm trying to say is your point speaks to something fundamental in human society.

    • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:59PM (#39416935)

      Let's TP the mother's home. My mom was/is very conservative but she never made a fuss about literature she found objectionable. She simply told the teacher that her kid would not be reading that book/seeing the movie until he was older (high school). That's the proper way to handle it. Like an adult instead of a whiny little bitch demanding the teacher be fired.

      Nudity == nudity not porn. It is our natural state and nothing to be ashamed of.

      Porn == sex. I don't recall any sex in Ender's Game (or the sequel Speaker for the Dead). So NOT pornographic.

      This is as crazy as the government arresting teens who took nude photos with their phones, and then claiming it's porn. It isn't porn if there's no sex stupid cops and stupid politicians. Arrest them for the actual crime committed (nudity)..... oh that's right. The SCOTUS said nudity is not a crime.

      • by bragr (1612015) * on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:40PM (#39417645)
        Yeah but in the minds of conservative, sex negative parents (or non parents for that matter), acknowledging that sex exists, or even that there are differences between "boy parts" and "girl parts" is basically the same thing as showing the kids a full length interracial, midget, anal gang-bang.
    • Re:Put them to work (Score:4, Interesting)

      by fermion (181285) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:18PM (#39417235) Homepage Journal
      To continue on the serious note, everyone, I mean everyone, complains that boys don't read. The fact is that if a boy is brought up int he average school, he is given nothing, and excuse my language, but chick lit to read. The only reason I read was because my father read and it was stuff interesting to boys. Heinlein, Pohl, etc. It was pulp, but it got me into the habit of reading so i could read more of the conventional and socially acceptable stuff.

      I mean school is so screwed up that when we read the Canterbury Tales, the cool tales were the ones that could not be assigned.

      To go into conspiracy theory time I think the conservatives don't want kids to read. The books that are allowed tend to enforce a traditional world view that is common to those who are less intelligent. The books that challenge that view, and are allowed, tend to end with the protagonist learning that the protest was a youthful indiscretion.

      So Ender's Game, though written by a very traditional homophobe, certainly challenges the conservative world view and does not end well. Though the male dominated world is validated, there is an indication that doning anything to win a war. As so often happens, single incidences in the book are used to provide cover for objections that is really about general content. In effect, too many parents are afraid when their children learn to think.

      • by cptdondo (59460) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:25PM (#39417375) Journal

        To continue on the serious note, everyone, I mean everyone, complains that boys don't read. The fact is that if a boy is brought up int he average school, he is given nothing, and excuse my language, but chick lit to read. The only reason I read was because my father read and it was stuff interesting to boys. Heinlein, Pohl, etc. It was pulp, but it got me into the habit of reading so i could read more of the conventional and socially acceptable stuff.

        My kid had no interest in reading until I got him started on Ben Bova's Orion series. He's 11 and loves it. Yes it's full violence, and sex, and "porn" - I mean, sex with a goddess while covered with animal entrails amid a stone age civilization? It doesn't get any better!

        The early Card stuff is next; Planet Called Treason, Ender's Game, you name it. Those are boy books!

        I mean school is so screwed up that when we read the Canterbury Tales, the cool tales were the ones that could not be assigned.

        Hehe... I read The Wife Of Bath with my 14 year old daughter. Nothing like the prologue where she rants about the uselessness of virginity. Again, want to hold a teenager's attention while reading the classics? Show then the classics!

        • by tibit (1762298) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:03PM (#39418065)

          Agreed. I can't help but chuckle at the outrage when I tell the neighbors that we had a fairly decent intro to mammalian reproductory systems in grade 4 biology. Oh yeah, we did have biology and history as separate subjects starting in grade 4, then chemistry and physics starting in grade 5.

          The biggest conservative idiocy IMHO is the whine about sexualizing/objectifying children. Well, it's the adults who do it for crying out loud, not kids! For a kid, learning about the reproductive system has no subtexts at all, and is just as much of a non-loaded topic as learning about, say, basics of organic chemistry like perchance simple hydrocarbons. People who believe that knowledge of the reproductive system is somehow a taboo/dirty subject are the ones where the problem is -- it's not with the subject, nor with the kids, it's with the parents who unfortunately were not brought up in a sane environment, and their minds got so warped around those subjects that they can't deal with them in a normal way.

      • by medcalf (68293) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:22PM (#39418377) Homepage
        You seem to have a childish, cartoonish view of conservatives. You should get out more; it's good for you.
    • by governorx (524152) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:24PM (#39417365)

      The teacher should be fired. The kids should have been reading their own books instead of having the book read aloud to them. How can everyone else be so far off topic?

      • Re:Put them to work (Score:5, Interesting)

        by AK Marc (707885) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:50PM (#39417827)
        When the parents send their children to the 6th grade illiterate without complaint, how are they expecting the teacher to get them interested in reading or literature? My son could read at 4 before I sent him to school for the 1st grade. Sure, something like Ender's game would be above him, but he's 5 and in the first grade, he reads "run spot run" books.

        Why is it the fault of the teacher that parents are happy to raise children who are illiterate and the parents actively discourage literacy?
    • Re:Put them to work (Score:5, Informative)

      by dan828 (753380) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:17PM (#39418305)
      Actually reading TFA, they've posted an update that, more than likely, the offending material wasn't from Ender's Game at all, but probably some other, unrelated, material from the internets. Card thinks that his book was lumped in because it's been a perennial target of the evangelical right due to his being a Mormon.
    • by plover (150551) * on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:33PM (#39418515) Homepage Journal

      I don't care about the crazy soccer moms here. I care that the school board is failing utterly at their job. They are supposed to insulate teachers from crazy parents. They are supposed to be rational, and say "Yes, Mrs. Smith, we heard you, but we leave individual book assignments to the teachers. If you're unhappy with the content the public education system provides, take your child down the street to the private school that more closely matches your morals. Yes, we know it's expensive, but that's your choice."

      And yes, a vocal minority of outraged parents (bonded together by a common hatred of porn / literature / science / logic / foreign accents / whatever) will put up their own flat-earth candidate, and will get that school board member fired. Term limits of one would prevent them from worrying about it too much.

      Instead, what this school board did is told all their teachers "you're going to get fired for teaching anything that goes against the arbitrary capricious whims of any nutcake parent." And they told every nutcake parent in the district "want to get that unmarried pregnant teacher fired? Just accuse her of having dyed her hair, we're just as crazy as you and we'll fire her for you." That board may as well not exist for all the good they're doing their school system.

  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn@nOsPam.gmail.com> on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:32PM (#39416471) Journal
    I'm drawing a blank here but about the only thing I can think of that would qualify as close to pornography is the part where Ender beats the shit out of that bully and the book talks about how his medical sheet reads "bruised testicle." Which, if two adolescent boys bruising up each other's private parts arouses you in anyway, you are probably the one that needs help.

    The other possibility is that the book is too descriptive in some parts (maybe when Ender burrows into the giant's eye in the simulation?). And they're in ye olde Southern Cackalacky where the definition of pornography is just anything that gets too descriptive for their comfort. So, you know, like anything that's written well.

    Or perhaps one of the parents caught wind that Orson Scott Card is Mormon and different and therefore evil. And then they looked up the White Horse Prophecy and put ... wait, that's already far more reading and research than this individual is capable of.
  • by TemperedAlchemist (2045966) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:33PM (#39416487)

    The school district reports that the letters E, I, N, P, and S have been removed from the school curriculum after a parent complained her son was being exposed to gateway pornography.

  • What. The. Fuck. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Iamthecheese (1264298) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:35PM (#39416503)
    People who try to ban things "because someone might be offended" are themselves the problem. And it is a wide-spread and serious one.

    I only hope we can get over this state of permanent panic before it kills us.
  • Porn? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sperbels (1008585) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:37PM (#39416537)
    There was some violence in that book, yes. But was there anything sexually graphic? I can't think of anything. I don't even think there was an profanity. Can anyone think of anything that even comes close to being pornographic?
  • by tekrat (242117) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:37PM (#39416551) Homepage Journal

    We read Candide. That's gotta be way more "pornographic" than Ender's Game. What is this country coming to?

    Between Santorum, Limbaugh and the rest of those jokers bible thumping their way into our bedrooms but refusing to even tax one cent of a rich person's income (because that's government intrusion), this country is really and truly fucked.

    We're going to be like Argentina, and the shooting in Florida is proving that there are now only gated communities and trailer parks -- and if you're the wrong color in a gated community, you are a target.

    • by eht (8912) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:36PM (#39417575)

      The bible is one of the most pornographic and violence filled books ever.

      Two of the more pornographic passages, yes the second one is incest, no it is not taken out of context in the least.

      Ezekiel 23:20
      There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

      Genesis 19:32
      Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

    • by Black Parrot (19622) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:42PM (#39417689)

      Between Santorum, Limbaugh and the rest of those jokers bible thumping their way into our bedrooms

      I don't care much for Bill Maher, but he was spot-on when he said "even gay men don't think about gay sex as much as Rick Santorum does".

  • by jcrb (187104) <[jcrb] [at] [yahoo.com]> on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:37PM (#39416563) Homepage

    I think this is one of those things for which there is a simple solution, find name of parent, all Ender's fans call parent and explain what a complete and colossal idiot they are. Problem solved. News report of parent explaining how their phone didn't stop ringing for several months convinces all future such parents to just keep their opinions to themselves.

    "Pornography" is supposed to be judged by the standards of the "community", I think its time or the community to judge the standards of those who wish to judge the community.

  • by ccguy (1116865) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:38PM (#39416583) Homepage
    No wonder the educational system is going to shit since any parent can bully teachers. Seriously, if you're so annoyed about the teacher asking your kid to read any specific book then ask the teacher for an acceptable replacement (for your kid only of course). Or take your kid somewhere else. Or accept an F for that specific assignment.

    I wish principals grew a spine and supported their teachers on this kind of stuff.
  • Wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anrego (830717) * on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:40PM (#39416617)

    Bet this kid is popular.

    He's 14 and running home to mommy because a book had naughty words in it..

    I can see a parent running across the book and going full on "I'M A MOTHER, AND AS A MOTHER I FEEL.." mode while the kid stands there horribly embarrassed .. but for the kid to be the one who started it all... kid must be living in a bubble.

  • Check out some of the comments on the source article [aikenstandard.com]. There are claims he was not really reading Ender's Game, and that the school is covering it up.
  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:43PM (#39416679) Homepage Journal
    Not too long ago, we had a similar issue here when a local religious fanatic [usatoday.com] (who home schools his children, BTW) demanded the local high school ban, among others, Kurt Vonnegut's classic Slaugherhouse V, claiming it too was pornographic in nature.

    The school ended up bowing to the holier-than-thou asshole and banned the book; however, doing so had the unexpected side effect of Slaughterhouse V becoming the most read book in the city of Republic. The Vonnegut Library even donated several hundred copies of the book to the local library, all of which were swiftly checked out.

    Experience tells me Ender's Game is about to become the most read book in Shofield, SC.
  • Obligatory (Score:4, Informative)

    by bmo (77928) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:44PM (#39416703)

    "Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen."

    "That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also." - Heinrich Heine "Almansor" 1821

    --
    BMO

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:46PM (#39416727)

    Read an artice about this here http://geeks.thedailywh.at/2012/03/15/geek-news-classroom-controversy-of-the-day/, and it said there was three books that were read and the Enders Game was the only one that was known that the teacher read. So it's possible that something inappropriate was read to the children if that story wasn't off.

  • by dtolman (688781) <dtolman@yahoo.com> on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @01:53PM (#39416843) Homepage

    The original story reported it a bit differently:
    "According to the incident report, a teacher had been reading pornographic material from the Internet to the students in class. One of the stories was about prostitutes having their faces covered with ejaculation."

    ---

    Unless this is the writer's cut that my library didn't stock - this wasn't enders game they were reading.

  • by bistromath007 (1253428) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:15PM (#39417183)
    Kid: "These two kids beat each other up in the shower."

    Parent: "Did you just say two kids beat each other off in the shower?!?!?"

    American educational system: "SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING."
  • by pauldmartin (2005952) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @02:30PM (#39417463) Homepage
    "Update: According to a news report by local station WRDW, the police incident report in the case claims that the teacher read "pornographic material from the Internet to the students in class. One of the stories was about prostitutes having their faces covered with ejaculation." But according to the WRDW report, the school is still maintaining that the offending material was just three books that the teacher read to class, which were primarily offensive due to swear words. (Thanks to AJRimmer for pointing us to this.)" Source: http://io9.com/5893478/teachers-job-in-jeopardy-for-reading-to-kids-from-enders-game [io9.com]
  • by Hartree (191324) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:01PM (#39418007)

    But the articles linked are very long on speculation and very short on info.

    Parent makes complaint about something bizarre happening in the classroom. Teacher is suspended pending investigation.

    Let me assure you, this happens outside of the south. Let me also assure you it happens in politically diverse communities.

    Being the son of a high school teacher, I've heard this story a lot of times.

    There are a lot of possibilities here. The complaint apparently was that the teacher read something about semen coating the faces of prostitutes. That certainly isn't in Ender's Game.

    So, maybe it's in the other two books mentioned. But, that's doubtful given the books (Agatha Christie and a book aimed at young teens.)

    So, we could have a kid (for whatever reason, but being nutty, or disliking the teacher are a couple possibilities or on a dare from friends) telling parents something that didn't happen.

    Or, we could have a parent that's kinda mental, or having a bad week, or a drunken rage etc, etc . That happens with alarming regularity when you have to deal with large numbers of parents. Most are fine, some are messed up.

    Much, much farther down the list is that it's due to a conservative and or southern conspiracy or any other societal factor.

    As to the suspension. School administrations are historically the most pusillanimous bunch of cover your butt bureaucrats there are. Especially if the parent is a known problem, or someone of influence in the community.

    But, if you want to elevate the less likely to the fore, then Occam's Razor isn't going to stop you.

  • by sdguero (1112795) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @03:45PM (#39418709)
    But this time the original article was flawed too, and it ahs subsequently been updated (although I'm sure 95% of /. readers will never know that). Supposedly the teacher read stuff off the internet to the class that was "pornographic" and Card himself has said he heard what was read and it WAS inappropriate for kids (and he maintained that his book is perfectly OK for 14 years olds).

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