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Old 04-03-2013, 08:03 AM   #16
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You know, I don't like appearing ignorant about anything before I go into a meeting. I do research. I prepare.

The principal knew this was at issue before the meeting. If he had no clue what Brave New World was about, why didn't he just Google it before he met with the teachers to see what it was about and what the possible controversy might be?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:07 AM   #17
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My children read this as toddlers. I would be questioning why this is being discussed with high school students. Clearly gifted is not the same across states.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:13 AM   #18
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My children read this as toddlers. I would be questioning why this is being discussed with high school students. Clearly gifted is not the same across states.
I bet your toddlers really loved that orgy scene.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:15 AM   #19
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I bet your toddlers really loved that orgy scene.
They could relate. As they are not only gifted they are also extremely beautiful children. They have spent their entire lives with scores of women throwing themselves at them.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:25 AM   #20
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:37 AM   #21
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I'm pretty sure I read this in high school, eons ago. I actually just re-read it a couple of weeks ago, as it was offered up for next-to-nothing on Amazon ebooks. I would have no issue with my kids reading this book in school.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:50 AM   #22
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I'm pretty sure I read this in high school, eons ago. I actually just re-read it a couple of weeks ago, as it was offered up for next-to-nothing on Amazon ebooks. I would have no issue with my kids reading this book in school.
I read it in high school, too and I'd have no issue with my children reading it in high school.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:59 AM   #23
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I read it in my 10th grade pre-AP class and loved it.

Pretty embarrassing that the principal had to ask... he could've at least Google'd it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:06 AM   #24
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I tried reading it once. Got bored 25 pages in. I was an English major, and there are plenty of books I haven't read.

Although I would have looked it up if I had to make a decision about it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:29 AM   #25
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It sounds to me like some parent is afraid that their child might learn to think. Pity that. I am surprised that the principal isn't at least somewhat familiar with the book though, it is pretty cannonical. And I do agree that even English Majors don't read every book--I managed to get a MA without ever reading Moby Dick!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:33 AM   #26
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And I hope the four English teachers were able to give her an accurate summary of the book and why it is important and useful in a high school English class.

I certainly don't expect every Principal to be totally conversant in the details of every subject matter in the school. Evidently the Principal hasn't read the book. Maybe her high school read 1984 instead. I don't see the big deal.
ITA with this. I don't see this as a big deal on any fronts.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #27
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I read that when I was in 12th grade in 1989/1990 and absolutely LOVED the book. I couldn't put it down! It was much better than George Orwell's 1984 that I was reading prior to switching books to Brave New World. 1984 was too descriptive for me and not enough character interaction (aka conversations).

Sheesh! Parents need to calm down a bit. They make such a big deal about everything now-a-days that it's ridiculous!
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:08 PM   #28
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I know I'm being a bit repetative, but I'm still strugling to understand why people are blaming the Principal for anything? If my boss had a question about something in my area of expertise, I would really, really hope he'd actually ASK ME instead of googling it.

Sure, the Principal could find the plot out online, but that's almost certainly NOT what he was most interested in. Instead, he wanted to know (or at least should have wanted to know) how the book furthered the goals of his English department, and how his teachers used the book in their classes. To understand that information, he'd need to know not just the actual plot, but also the plot and thesis AS INTERPRETED BY HIS TEACHERS. Nothing on google would have given him that information.

It sounds to me like he went to the experts on the subject instead of being lazy and googling.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:55 PM   #29
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I know I'm being a bit repetative, but I'm still strugling to understand why people are blaming the Principal for anything? If my boss had a question about something in my area of expertise, I would really, really hope he'd actually ASK ME instead of googling it.

Sure, the Principal could find the plot out online, but that's almost certainly NOT what he was most interested in. Instead, he wanted to know (or at least should have wanted to know) how the book furthered the goals of his English department, and how his teachers used the book in their classes. To understand that information, he'd need to know not just the actual plot, but also the plot and thesis AS INTERPRETED BY HIS TEACHERS. Nothing on google would have given him that information.

It sounds to me like he went to the experts on the subject instead of being lazy and googling.
I agree with his asking, too. I think the most useful answer whould include the why, not just the plot. And while I do remember liking that one in school, I also remember that I read it for a senior elective, so it wouldn't seem odd to me at all if not everyone has.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:18 PM   #30
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Now y'all drove me to google

Here's an interesting article about why it's taught in schools (found with the search phrase "Brave New World why is it taught in schools"):

http://www.shmoop.com/brave-new-world/

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