'Ender's Game' Not Too Porny For Schools, Police Decide

Ender's Game Porn

Via Galleycat

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.

Hanna Brooks Olsen

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Zackery Olson from Rockford, IL is reading pretty much anything I can get my hands on March 22, 2012 - 4:25pm

After reading "Generation Kill," I feel like "ender's Game" is more relevant to our current generation than it ever was to past generations. The themes of war and the idea of kids being trained for war by playing video games hits pretty damn close to home these days. But really, in the current teach-to-the-test form of public education, why would anybody want kids to learn important and relevant lessons anyway?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 23, 2012 - 3:10am

That Mom is probably a Twilight fan.

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logosnero March 23, 2012 - 3:28am

I'm glad to be european...

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 23, 2012 - 3:12pm

^ I have hopes of becoming an ex-pat...this country is not living up to its potential.