Teacher Who Bought 9th Grader ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Suspended
It seems everyone is reading or has read the runaway bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, particularly women of a certain age. But a new audience may be out there after a teacher in Philadelphia bought the book for a ninth grade pupil.
When Maya Ladson found the book in her son’s backpack she was “decidedly displeased”, but she was even more unhappy to find that it had been purchased for him by his teacher.
"The minute I found out about it, it raised concern,” Ladson told Philadelphia NBC affiliate NBC 10 on Thursday. “This is not OK to me. This is major.”
Philip Aidoo, a teacher at Eastern University Academy Charter School who has since been suspended, bought the book for the 14-year-old. Apparently Aidoo “told school officials he did not understand what the book was about when he bought it”. Really? I have to agree with Jeanne Sager, of The Stir blog, though:
He chose it. Which means he was probably going to read it anyway. The teacher just sped up the inevitable, and he actually got a kid to READ. Isn't that what we want English teachers to do? Encourage our kids to read?"
Okay, maybe it’s a little weird for a male teacher to buy a male student a book about bondage, but hey, teenagers are curious. Would you buy it for a 14-year-old?
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