'Ender's Game' Not Too Porny For Schools, Police Decide
Following complaints by the mother of a 14-year-old student of "pornographic" content in the classroom, one South Carolina middle school teacher found himself under criminal investigation. The torrid, filthy rag he was reading aloud from? The award-winning first book in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series.
Police have recently closed the investigation, determining that the content was not, in fact, pornographic. But that's not the end of the headache for the teacher, who was also reading from Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie and The Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan.
Ender's Game, which was recommended by the School Library Journal for grades seven and up, is widely considered a young adult (but not kids') book. Which is why it's upsetting to hear that, despite the closure of the criminal investigation, the teacher is still being internally investigated by the school district in question.
The question of what YA lit is actually appropriate for junior high students is a big one--most recently, schools have been torn over whether or not The Hunger Games is acceptable teaching material, even though the similar (and perhaps more gritty) Lord of the Flies has been used in classrooms for years. Is it a question of overly-sensitive parents, or are young adult books just too...adult?
Either way, Ender's Game is hardly risque--and definitely has more than enough literary merit to make any "graphic" content totally worthwhile.
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