Atticus Finch with Scout

To Mock a Killing Bird

Forcing kids to read To Kill a Mockingbird would give commie, pinko Canadian teachers (especially the many draft dodgers) such a smug, self-congratulatory thrill, I can’t believe they’ve denied themselves the excitement.

  • Rosenmops

    I was forced to read it in a BC school around 1968 I think. We had a lot of draft dogers in BC.

    • Thanks.

    • Exile1981

      We read it in Northern Alberta in the 80’s.

    • Waffle

      Be thankful you weren’t forced to read Atwood.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Poor you. Atwood seems so very trashy and inferior when placed up beside Mavis Gallant (Cdn.) and Eudora Welty (Am.) and Doris Lessing (Br.)?

        Really, must every literary generation have some frizzy-headed bag of fart-gas spokesperson forever mouthing off snagged-toothed perspectives on sliced black olives as a racial metaphor? Just asking, since I am only half-Canadian and always found Atwood to be a pimple on the ass of literary progress.

  • vimy

    My kids had to read in last year in high school

  • canminuteman

    I read it in high school in Ontario in the ’70’s

    • Clausewitz

      Same here. Back then you usually had 5 novels to read in a school year. I used to read about two books a week, mostly C S Forrester, Hammond Innes, and a multitude of Science Fiction. Now in high school English kids don’t even have to read one full novel. It’s the Cliff notes of Literature. No wonder they hit College and University functionally illiterate.

  • re. “Why didn’t they just kill That Guy?” – I watched Casablanca on Sunday even though it was Valentine’s day because I have no life. Why didn’t the Germans just kill Laszlo? “Ja, ve know he vill stay in Casablanca because it is impossible that he should get an exit visa even though a whole bunch of them just went missing.” At one point one of the Nazis even threatens Ingrid Bergman that they’ll do just that. ” My dear, perhaps you have already observed that in Casablanca human life is cheap”. Yes, we’d noticed.

    I mean, who’s going to stop them, Louis?

  • Dana Garcia

    Never read it. I liked the movie well enough, particularly the scene where Atticus plunks the mad dog in the street. Long guns good.

  • FactsWillOut

    Schools do not force kids to read anything.

    • Clausewitz

      That’s because they want them stupid enough to vote Liberal.

  • disqusW6sf

    Read it as a teen on my own. I liked it. Deep analysis didn’t ruin it for me.

    • El Martyachi

      … same here.. maybe pre-teenish though, IIRC. It coulda been part of the school curriculum though.. not that I paid much attention.

    • Maggat

      Same, only in my 20s.

  • Gary

    This youth generation coming out of the High Schools are screwed.
    I was in a store and was about to opine on Obama to the clerk that brought up Politics in the USA in 2012, the clerk quickly assumed I was a racists about to make some slur about blacks. Then another time when I was there I told them that my deep voice made it easy to do several actors and singers with deep voices , the clerk was a movie buff and liked this Movie . But when I did the Court room scene with Peck and the Black man the clerk wasn’t impressed and found that too to be racist.

    Pretty soon almost all of the Black history for oppression will be wiped from the Books which will create a new generation of blacks youths with good jobs under the quota system that will question the oppression from it only being verbal .
    Black History month will be reduced to events from over 200 years ago and the slave trade based in Africa .

    • Clausewitz

      You should have bought the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and watched his head explode.

  • Edubeat

    Teaching TKAM Not against allowing kids to see both or all sides of an argument. Makes 4 interesting class debates and pertinent contemporary issues. Must always be fair to the kids. Period

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Don’t get too giddy. Many schools are just going to be substituting LGBTQetc porn for TKAM. :rolleyes