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What books do you think should absolutely not be required reading in schools?
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Errr typo.
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Almost everything considered 'classic literature', such as 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, or other politically motivated literary masturbation from the 30s to 80s..

Never heard of the Turner Diaries, but that definitely fits the bill.
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when I was younger I really detested Hatchet for some reason (can't really remember why, I think I found it boring?). And my reading teacher was a bitch to boot, so, needless to say, I wasn't happy.
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Everyone! Everyone! It is about books that aren't required reading but are! That's what I mean! Major typo!
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1984 and Brave New World were great! But I love dystopian adult fiction (not to be confused by all this psudo-dystopian teen crap coming out lately).

I think Ayn Rand is horrible in schools, and I also would detest anything like Twilight making it into required reading. Just ugh.

The jokingly it'd-never-happen-lol side of this question though? 50 Shades! LOL
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Everyone! Everyone! It is about books that aren't required reading but are! That's what I mean! Major typo!


Books that... aren't required reading... but are required reading?
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gornotck wrote:

Almost everything considered 'classic literature', such as 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, or other politically motivated literary masturbation from the 30s to 80s..

Never heard of the Turner Diaries, but that definitely fits the bill.


I like Animal Farm, but I see your point. Although, in all fairness, it was based on true events.


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1984 and Brave New World were great! But I love dystopian adult fiction (not to be confused by all this psudo-dystopian teen crap coming out lately).

I think Ayn Rand is horrible in schools, and I also would detest anything like Twilight making it into required reading. Just ugh.

The jokingly it'd-never-happen-lol side of this question though? 50 Shades! LOL


They keep pushing the fictional side of Rand which I found to be just masturbatory, like most fiction that pushes a philosophy and occasionally a single moral.
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gornotck wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Everyone! Everyone! It is about books that aren't required reading but are! That's what I mean! Major typo!


Books that... aren't required reading... but are required reading?


No! Why am I so wrong today?! It is about the worst possible books that one could make into required reading!
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Ah. Required reading lists that are actually worse than actual required reading lists. Hmm. That's tougher.
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Ah. Required reading lists that are actually worse than actual required reading lists. Hmm. That's tougher.


Huh, you have a point. Indoctrination.
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Twilight is the worst required reading I can imagine.
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Catcher and the rye

a boring story about an emo kid
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I never liked To Kill a Mockingbird. I fully understood it and all but it bored the piss out of me. I mean I came from Mississippi so deep south I could smell the Gulf. I'm pretty familiar with this shit already.
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gornotck wrote:

Almost everything considered 'classic literature', such as 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, or other politically motivated literary masturbation from the 30s to 80s..

Never heard of the Turner Diaries, but that definitely fits the bill.


I like Animal Farm, but I see your point. Although, in all fairness, it was based on true events.


IshokuOsero wrote:

1984 and Brave New World were great! But I love dystopian adult fiction (not to be confused by all this psudo-dystopian teen crap coming out lately).

I think Ayn Rand is horrible in schools, and I also would detest anything like Twilight making it into required reading. Just ugh.

The jokingly it'd-never-happen-lol side of this question though? 50 Shades! LOL


They keep pushing the fictional side of Rand which I found to be just masturbatory, like most fiction that pushes a philosophy and occasionally a single moral.


Every side of Rand is awful. When I first started working in bookstores I made it a point to go back and try out a lot of the classic literature and required reading for a lot of the schools around the area so I'd know what kids were reading (or being forced to read, in most cases) and I just found her writing to be some of the most self-absorbed droll crap I've ever read. I never did make it all the way through any of her stuff, but I did try all of them.
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