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The book, “642 Things to Write About” has writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing such as:

Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom.

Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t.

Write an X-rated Disney scenario.

Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’

You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why?

Apparently the book was part of a college level writing course that was being taught at the high school.

I dunno if giving students a workbook which has sexual content qualifies as "child pornography", but those do seem rather inappropriate. Unless you want your kid to start their porn writing career off early and right. Or to imagine themselves as a serial killer.

https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2021/09/hudson-mayor-craig-shubert-parents-call-for-resignation-of-hudson-school-board-teachers-after-students-receive-book-of-inappropriate-writing-prompts.html

ETA: If this is the incorrect circle, please let me know. I wasn't sure where this fit in.

The book, “642 Things to Write About” has writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing such as: Write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom. Describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t. Write an X-rated Disney scenario. Write a scene that begins: ‘It was the first time I killed a man.’ You are a serial killer. What TV shows are on your DVR list? Why? Apparently the book was part of a college level writing course that was being taught at the high school. I dunno if giving students a workbook which has sexual content qualifies as "child pornography", but those do seem rather inappropriate. Unless you want your kid to start their porn writing career off early and right. Or to imagine themselves as a serial killer. https://www.cleveland.com/akron/2021/09/hudson-mayor-craig-shubert-parents-call-for-resignation-of-hudson-school-board-teachers-after-students-receive-book-of-inappropriate-writing-prompts.html ETA: If this is the incorrect circle, please let me know. I wasn't sure where this fit in.

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[–] jauntymusic 6 points (+6|-0)

Wow, the second time my hometown is in the news this year! I'm not surprised that it remains a hotbed of performative right-wing opportunists.

The inflammatory prompts in the book - which compose perhaps a dozen entries in a list of over 600 prompts - were not being assigned to high school students, nor were students permitted to write about them in class. This is as ridiculous as the year that the parents protested author Chris Crutcher's visit to the high school because one of his short story collections had a description of male genitalia. That story wasn't assigned reading, mind you, it simply existed in the same printed collection of stories as one assigned reading.

And yet, when a group of middle school parents dressed their kids up in actual blackface and afro wigs for a football game against the only majority-black school in our athletic conference, making the front page of the local paper, nobody said a word, the story was buried ASAP, and the editor of the paper was fired.

The cop demanding continuous video surveillance of classrooms and equating it to police bodycams is especially absurd. The reactionary putsch against school boards continue. Last month they were screeching about masks.

Thanks for the clarifications. It's very hard to tell what's really going on these days, with the way things are "reported" in the "news". Heavy with drama, light on details.

[–] jauntymusic 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

I have an advantage in this situation because the superintendent of schools is a relative (hoping I don't dox myself by saying this), so details were unusually accessible to me.

I disagree that the reportage here is incorrect - they are reporting the facts that are available at the moment, which unfortunately is limited to the fact that a handful of parents are outraged. The school board will issue a statement when the investigation is concluded - as any responsible governing board ought to - rather than leaping to appease the masses with virtue-signalling public statements or just outright fire the teacher (which they cannot do anyway, thanks to the teacher union). Revealing the truth via collecting evidence takes more time than jumping to conclusions, so the dramatic responses of a handful of parents are occupying the spotlight right now. There will surely be at least one follow-up story on this with a great deal of clarifying information, but will anyone care anymore by the time it is published?

The entire situation stinks like a Western version of the Samuel Paty situation: parents whipping themselves into a frenzy over material that their own children were never even exposed to.

By the same logic the outraged parents use, the school should ban the teaching of The House on Mango Street for its depictions of domestic violence and rape. Which, by the way, I was assigned to read in 9th grade English at this very same school. Well, not the stories that included rape, but I could (and did) read beyond what I was assigned. Should the teacher have instead instructed students to remove the offending pages from the book before doing the readings? That would be absurd.