this just in from the valve

The folks at Phi Beta Cons are waxing anti-intellectual about Mary Collins’ complaint in The Christian Science Monitor.  According to Collins, her daughter has stopped reading because her school requires her to read novels with “distressing plots [and] sad, even sinister, story lines.”  Most interesting to Carol Iannone, however, is Collins’ account of a conversation she had with some of her daughter’s classmates:

The string of searing plot patterns has resulted in some very peculiar unintended consequences. Most of the students I spoke with from my daughter’s middle school claimed that the readings made them feel inadequate because they never “experienced these horrible things.”

“It becomes awkward,” one student said, “because you’re constantly made to feel spoiled or privileged.”


~ by Rocky Green on October 2, 2007.

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