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Old 03-26-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students?

Reports are conflicting about why she was suspended.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain...hool-students/
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In South Carolina a teacher has been placed on administrative leave for reading excerpts of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game to his middle school students.

“The parent that reported him to the school district complained that the book was pornographic,” Tod Kelly writes. “[T]hat 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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Old 03-26-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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"pornographic" am I thinking of the same "Ender's Game" as in the one about kids training to be space combat tacticians and

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eventual genocide of an entire alien race


whilst it has been a few years since I read it, I certainly don't recall anything that would come close to the term pornographic. As for violence, all I can recall is "bullying" which imo is exactly the kind of thing kids need to be made aware of and of course the spoiler part, but that's "fantasy" violence and no more damaging than the murder of 100's of thousands of people on the death star

There really must be more to the story than just the book or my lack of memory
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Stories like this are pretty common in some parts. Odd that someone would even think of filing charges, there wouldn't be a case.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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When I saw the headline I thought it would be because of the violence. But porn?I remember thinking there was little distinction between the sexes at their age.
I guess I need to find a copy and reread.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #5
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The only thing I can say is vaguely pornographic, is that the later ones about Bean make mentions of hookers in Rotterdam. The thing is though, that is so fleeting, that nothing is really made of it.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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Well, looks like they were saying he was reading pornographic things off the net, and not necessarily out of Ender's Game.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain...minal-charges/
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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There is a fight scene in a shower that includes two naked boys. I would not deem it pornographic, I won't go into details here (mainly because spoiler tags do not work at work) but I can see where someone with an over active case of homophobia would see it as problematic. There are also many mentions of naked boys because you are dealing with an almost all male military school and that type of thing happens.

I cannot think of any scene in the book that is overtly sexy or includes anything that anyone with half a brain would call sexy.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:22 PM   #8
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The most recent story update says that the teacher was not reading anything porongraphic from the internet.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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The most recent story update says that the teacher was not reading anything porongraphic from the internet.
Yeah, some people were spreading false reports about the teacher. May have been due to some agenda.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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I would not deem it pornographic, I won't go into details here (mainly because spoiler tags do not work at work) but I can see where someone with an over active case of homophobia would see it as problematic.
Like maybe Orson Scott Card himself? How ironic.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:45 PM   #11
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This is silly.
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Well, at least this hullabaloo means another sale for the author. It's a great read so far.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:33 PM   #13
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Well, at least this hullabaloo means another sale for the author. It's a great read so far.
The entire series is worth reading, although I didn't find them as good as Ender's game I'm still glad I read the lot (well, up to Shadow of the Giant, not read the more recent novels)

I think my second favourite in the series is the retelling of Ender's Game in Ender's Shadow.
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Well, at least this hullabaloo means another sale for the author. It's a great read so far.
If you enjoy Enders Game, after you finish get his book called Enders Shadow.

Same basic story, but from Beans view point. Bean is way more intelligent then ender and has a very unique perspective on the story.

Very well worth the read.
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The Shadow series is better then the other sequels.
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