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Cannon_Fodder wrote:... and it served one purpose to me: reinforcing my opinion that all of the books that I will be reading for high school courses will be horrible pieces of trash that were included in the course reading for the purpose of providing "symbolism", which seems to be the favorite tool of torture employed by the school board, while still doing absolutely nothing for the students. .....
Bob the Unbeliever wrote:Another supposedly "classic" author I hate: F. Scott Fitzgerald. I had The Great Gatsby forced on me in a College literature class, and it was even worse than Tolestoy.
The Great Gatsby
Auntie Dee Dee wrote:That was late '60s. 1984 scared me.
Fitzgerald has always seemed overwrought and overrated.
Cannon_Fodder wrote:I've discussed most of these points with my teacher, and she still maintains that the book has a less-than-trash status, which I can't understand. What furthers my disbelief is the fact that another English teacher whom I have spoken to agrees with my trash-status for this book. When I was in her class previously, and had brought up similar objections to the book we were reading then, she still maintained that it was not that bad, as did every other teacher I consulted (similar events occured in the ninth grade). It really seemed to me that speaking against a course book was fairly well sacrilege. To have a teacher actually admit how bad BNW is makes me wonder just how blind to the facts the school board. I ask you, why does my School Board hate children?
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