For her 13th birthday, I got Hazelle a ticket to Seattle ~ she’ll be leaving tomorrow to spend Spring Break with Laura. When Laura lived here with us, she and Hazelle became pretty good friends 😉
This morning, about 5 minutes before leaving for school, Hazelle (who is a 6th grader) asked me to write a response to the letter/book report she wrote for me as a class assignment. I scribbled out a letter and she’s off to school ~ here’s what I wrote:
Thank you for the letter telling me about the book, The Giver ~ which you are reading in school.
Back when we were home schooling and attending home church, I heard about a really terrible book (worse than Harry Potter) which “they” were promoting in the public schools ~ that book was called The Giver. I published the review in our paper as a warning to other parents not to let their kids read it because they might get brainwashed into thinking that euthanasia and socialism are normal and acceptable.
Your description of The Giver is quite interesting ~ makes me think that I might just want to read the book myself to find out what all the controversy is about.
Back in our “quivering days” (Q.D. ~ LOL), I pre-read every book before giving any of them to Angel to read. I could write an entire treatise here about the books which were on our “approved reading list” ~ the ones I liked best are the same books which I recently sold on eBay as part of my “purging” process ~ but you all really don’t want to get me started writing about Elsie Dinsmore and the G.A. Henty books 😉
I realize now how limiting that policy can be ~ it ensures that the children can never know more than the parents and makes it highly unlikely that they’ll get any ideas which Mom & Dad haven’t already thought of. In the fundamentalist world, that degree of parental control and indoctrination is viewed as a positive thing. As Jonathan Lindvall admonishes homeschool parents in his “Bold Christian Parenting” seminars ~ true Believers must “Dare to Shelter.”