As befits a slow post-holiday news day, the Washington Post has some good features today. Adam beat me to posting the article about Civil War apologists, as I thought he might. Other worthwhile reads:
I can still go to McDonald's and buy a Quarter-Pounder. Why doesn't that have to be a 113-grammer?
Grocer Steve Thoburn of Sunderland, England, also known as The Metric Martyr
, is on trial
for selling bananas by the pound. He could be fined $6,000!
"... Holden Caulfield is a white, privileged male," said Michael Moore, director of the literature commission for the National Council of Teachers of English. "In our very diverse schools, the drive to incorporate very multicultural reading is here to stay."
The push to teach works of literature by women and minorities is edging J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye
out of high school curricula. It's telling, though, that none of the students quoted in
has anything to say against the book. It's imperative that students read works by women and minorities, in my opinion, but I've gotta admit it makes me sad to think that Holden Caufield has to fall by the wayside to allow that. (And teaching Native Son
to high school students? I could hardly make myself wade through that book's didactic finale, and I was in college at the time! But that's another debate for another time.) Being a disillusioned teenager knows no racial or sexual barriers. I'd be interested to know what others think.