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Das Kinder Auf Herr Doktor

October 26, 2012


I am told that the system’s IB program has required reading that includes a book called “A Handmaid’s Tale.” This book has numerous sexual references and graphic passages. It repeatedly depicts promiscuity and multiple partner sexuality. It contains cultural messages regarding sexuality and relationships that are potentially harmful to adolescents during their formative years.

The book also glorifies drug use and dwells on suicide. There is considerable profanity found throughout the book– which also contains unfavorable depictions of Christianity.

From Michelle Northcutt commenting at The Greensboro Guardian:

Dear Joe Guarino, I am am a high school student participating in the IB program and have just read the Handmaid’s Tale and understand where you are coming from. But although we have to read it we must also understand it as well and that means being able to interpret it, analyze it, and make an accurate thesis of what we believe is the authors messege. As graphic as the novel may be you must look at what the class is teaching you ABOUT it, which in this case would be how to read a book and analyze it at the college level. Do you really think a college professor really cares about what the story of one piece of literature? The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a substantial college level work and should not be hidden from students who are preparing for further education.By attempting to get this book banned you are basically turning this generation into wimps and preventing us from growing up by sheiding the horrors of reality. As for your comment “But all parents should be able to feel confident that the school system is not undermining their kids’ morals.” The students have a choice of what book they read and don’t HAVE to read it if they don’t choose to.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Collards permalink
    October 27, 2012 9:59 pm

    I am waiting for his next screed about A&T Homecoming……

    • October 27, 2012 11:20 pm

      He has to provide regular red meat for the racists.

  2. October 30, 2012 11:34 am

    My favorite Joe Guarino burp of the month is in the comments, where he proffers an opinion of a book’s literary value not having read it, but formed by having “seen” it. Ignorant, by definition.

    • October 30, 2012 3:05 pm

      Apparently, those books considered trash are not worth his time. However, I would love to read a bibliography of approved titles including pornography.

  3. Collards permalink
    November 2, 2012 1:44 pm

    Nice that the News and Record has picked up on this, probably via John Robinson.

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