Sep 19, 2010

Keep "Speak" In Schools!

I'll be honest when I say I haven't read Speak in about five years, so my memory on it is sketchy. However, I do remember one very important thing: It is one of the best book I have ever read. Everybody should read it, not just because it's so good, but because it teaches you a lesson.
    Now comes this guy (click link) wants this book out of schools! I'm sorry, but has this guy lost his mind? For those of you who have read the book, look at this paragraph he wrote, and please, agree with me when I say this is a bunch of bull:
    "One such book is called "Speak." They also watch the movie. This is a book about a very dysfunctional family. Schoolteachers are losers, adults are losers and the cheerleading squad scores more than the football team. They have sex on Saturday night and then are goddesses at church on Sunday morning. The cheer squad also gets their group-rate abortions at prom time. As the main character in the book is alone with a boy who is touching her female parts, she makes the statement that this is what high school is supposed to feel like. The boy then rapes her on the next page. Actually, the book and movie both contain two rape scenes."
    This guy also thinks that the two rape scenes in Speak are "soft pornography." Where has this guy been? If I'm reading porn, it's a Playboy magazine, not a book that was a National Book Award Finalist.
   Speak is not a pornographic book. Speak teaches a lesson. Speak is a fantastic, extremely well written book. Don't let this guy win in his fight to get books such as Speak and Twenty Boy Summer out of schools. If he wins, so many books will be banned. To help support go here. Trust me, it's the right thing to do.

The Reader

P.S. Leave a comment letting me know what you think of all of this, please! (:

1 comment:

  1. Even though I didn't particularly enjoy Speak, I'd teach it to high schoolers. It's just not in the curriculum in my state, so I know I'd have a hard time getting approved to do that whenever I get a teaching job. But it should still be available in the school library for kids to borrow.

    I know a while ago, somebody was trying to get Perks removed too.


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