Thursday, July 28, 2005

Required Summer Reading For Students

Having grandchildren in school, I know that some teachers require certain books to be read during the summer. Then, the children are tested on them in the Fall. But, do you know what your child is reading this summer? Is it something of which you approve?

Parents in a Massachusetts city are up in arms about one teacher's choice for the upcoming sophomore class. Parents are protesting the High School making profanity required reading for their children. One parent, Rick Plouffe, read the book and says it contains lots of profanity. And, although the school's policy is against profanity in school, they still think this is
appropriate reading for students 13 and older. The book in question is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a novel by Mark Haddon. It is about a 15 year old autistic boy from England. A review and excerpt from the book can be read at

Mr. Plouffe may stand alone in this effort, although many parents are against the reading. But, like many people, they don't want to have their name 'mentioned', for fear of retribution against their child.