8 October 2015
An Elephant Versus a Mouse
English courses are taught many different ways, starting in kindergarten all the way through college. However the number of books students are required to read, the papers, format and grammar all seem to have a little variant from teacher to teacher. While English is a class to focus all of these things and more. English encompasses history as well; as much history can be learned in an English class as a History class, this is important. Not too many students are fond of history classes anymore because they are considered boring. Maybe history is overthought and over taught, whereas in English students unconsciously absorb history lessons through litterature. Of Mice and Men, by John Steibeck, is a fictional book that some parents and teachers want to ban from schools. The average person who read this book in either middle or high school might ask why. There is a simple and not so simple answer. Although detractors find bad language and racial slurs to be prominent in Of Mice and Men, the history of the Great Depression as well as being an accurate portrayal of life, which greatly benefits the average freshman in high school.
Stephen Petite a writer at the Huffington Post asked these questions in an article this past year: “Questions for the parents who want these books banned: Do your kids have cell phones? Access to the internet and social media? Video games? Cable television? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, then your kid is learning about the world already through less tasteful venues.” A majority of students nowadays are exposed to profane language at a very early age, through the things Petite mentions. Parents deny this fact, ...
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...nd high schools across the country, it should be taught for what it is and the benefits it provides in history as well as life.
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