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Teacher suspended for using SF book

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There are times when things in real life are just beyond comment.

http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/0...chool--3862406

I understand the book in question is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

As a teacher and a parent I find this quite unbelievable. Though I wouldn't say I always agree with OSC's personal views, and I accept the point that I perhaps don't know the full story of what happened here, I do find this difficult to accept in the 21st century.

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  1. Gkarlives's Avatar
    It is a sad point of fact that man is a strange and merciless being at times. I recently read Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg and the whole time I was saying to myself that there was no way a rational society could so easily fall apart like that. Then I thought again. I looked at all the crazy beliefs and close-minded ideologies that still permeate our world and found myself able to see the reality of the story. I do not find it hard to beleive this happened. There are a lot of people with loud mouths and limited views a plenty in this world. Just look at the Republican party and its base in America.
  2. Hobbit's Avatar
    Update, thanks to io9 (CAUTION: may not be suitable for work!):

    http://io9.com/5893928/an-update-on-...ium=socialflow

    This suggests it might not be Ender's Game: I certainly can't remember the scene in question in Ender's, but it has been a while!

    Mark
  3. N. E. White's Avatar
    Sounds like there's more going on here. That article makes it sound like the mother thought the teacher was reading from the internet. Which in her mind equals pornography.
  4. MLSawyer's Avatar
    Far out some people need to relax. In our 'nanny state' society, kids are going to grow up all wrong. It seems to go too far both ways - either parents are going all Carrie's mum on their kids (in which case they might eventually blow up and not know how to handle the real world when they get out there. Or, parents become too relaxed, and kids turn out to be little *** swearing and with no respect watching horror movies and playing 15+ rated games when they're too young...

    With both my parents as teachers... I could prattle on and on about this subject but from a glimps of the situation, sounds like the parent has nothing better to do then cause problems. Some ppl need to get a life...