Monday, October 02, 2006

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Houston Community Newspapers Online - Parent criticizes book 'Fahrenheit 451': "Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language.

'The book had a bunch of very bad language in it,' Diana Verm said. 'It shouldn't be in there because it's offending people. ... If they can't find a book that uses clean words, they shouldn't have a book at all.'
Alton Verm filed a 'Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials' Thursday with the district regarding 'Fahrenheit 451,' written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1953. He wants the district to remove the book from the curriculum.

'It's just all kinds of filth,' said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read 'Fahrenheit 451.' 'The words don't need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class.'

He looked through the book and found the following things wrong with the book: discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, 'dirty talk,' references to the Bible and using God's name in vain. He said the book's material goes against their religions beliefs."


Jeff Meyerson said...

I suggest dad look for words in the dictionary (if he owns one), such as "irony".

Brent McKee said...

Better not suggest that or he'll want dictionaries banned from schools too. They contain bad words too. Of course the Bible is fine, despite all the sex and violence in the first half or so.