A King and a Queen

A screen in our cafeteria says, “Be a king, treat a woman like a queen.”

So I flipped that around (as I always do with all gendered statements) and ended up with “Be a queen, treat a man like a king.”

That sounded quite icky.

School Reading

“Finally, a charitable effort I would be happy to participate in,” I thought when I read the following in The Nation magazine:

Ferocious cuts to public school funds have taken a big toll on school libraries—whose collections are tattered, outdated and shrinking. This website posts school librarians’ wish lists—buy a volume in the ever-popular Bone series for a Boston elementary school, or Eric Foner’s Reconstruction for an Alabama high school. And don’t stop with the holidays—bookmark the website for year-long donating as new lists are posted.

What can be more wonderful than buying some books for a school library? Of course, I immediately headed over to filltheshelves. org. There, I suffered a major disappointment.

Here is the list of books for Susan Moore High School:

The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) by James Dashner (Hardcover)
The Death Cure (Maze Runner Series #3) by James Dashner (Paperback)
Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2) by Veronica Roth (Hardcover)
The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Series #1) by D. J. MacHale (Paperback)
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Mass Market Paperback)
by Col. Will G. Merrill Jr. (Paperback)
The Quillan Games (Pendragon) by D. J. MacHale (Hardcover)

And the list continues in the same vein. Now let’s see the list for Nathan Hale Elementary:

by Stefan Petrucha (Paperback)
by Vera B. William (Hardcover)
by Fred McKissack (Hardcover)
(Hardcover)

If parents want their kids reading these esteemed authors I never heard anything about, they should go ahead and buy this junk for their kids. That is their inalienable right. But can anybody tell me why schools should be immersing children in this kind of crapola?

I’m not surprised any longer to see students who come to college having no idea what a novel is and not being able to name a single book they read and enjoyed.

As you can probably guess, I will not be participating in this “charitable” effort.