Common Core reading lists showcase some controversial picks

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    Yes Mr. Heretic, life isn't all sweetness and lollipops. But you also don't have to fill your mind with trash mandated by the government. That is not banning books, that is good sense. There's a popular book by some local guy named Mad Dog or Big Dog or some such name. I read that book and literally lost brain cells. I felt them dying while I was reading. It is one of those science fiction/fantasy books. He blatantly ripped off Indiana Jones movies, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, NCIS and a host of others as far as the plot. Because I have such a high opinion of that book (the title escapes me), I think that people shouldn't waste their time. Is that banning a book? No. It is a plea not to waste time reading it.

    I think that any book by Doris Kearns Goodwin or David McCullough is good to read and beneficial to students.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Ban the books, ban the books, burn the books.
    Every generation has had is list of banned books.
    I only makes them more appealing to naturally curious children.

    Life isn't all lollipops sweetness, people would do well to look beyond their comfort zone occasionally.

    Knowing about something doesn't condone it, in fact it makes it easier to recognize.

  • Oak Highland, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 5:52 a.m.

    Those books have appeared on high school recommended reading lists for students. In one instance I'm personally aware of, a high school girl looked up the recommended reading lists online, saw Toni Morrison, and decided to read her book. A short ways into it, she took the book to her father who was shocked at the content.

    Utah has no need to use what some national group says is recommended for our children. We have bright teachers who are well-read. Let them put a recommended book list together that matches Utah family values.