UPDATED: One Parent Fights to Stop Ender’s Game Being Read at School

Is Ender’s Game Appropriate for a Classroom?

According to the Aiken Standard, a middle school parent in South Carolina is fighting to stop Ender’s Game being read in school. The student and parent complained to the administration that the book’s material was pornographic and inappropriate for the classroom.

Joy Shealy, the school district’s academic officer for middle schools, stated that there is a policy which defines steps teachers ought to take when presenting supplemental material. “One of the things that teachers are supposed to do is preview material for appropriateness for any questions that may come up,” Shealy said. “By doing that, we make sure the materials that are presented to students are age and instructionally appropriate – all the things that make a good instructional program.”

While Ender’s Game and two other books are under review, the teacher who presented Ender’s Game to his student has been placed on administrative leave. Ender’s Game is recommended for ages 12 and up; the middle school student at the source of the complaint is 14-years-old.

How many of the readers here had to read Ender’s Game in school? At what age?

Update: A local news station reports, the three books that were under review are Ender’s GameDevil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKearnan; and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agathie Christie. Two of these three books has been deemed inappropriate by the school district for middle school students. Whether Ender’s Game is one of the books labeled inappropriate is not clear yet. The teacher who assigned these books is still on administrative leave while investigators determine whether criminal files will be charged.


UPDATED: One Parent Fights to Stop Ender’s Game Being Read at School — 15 Comments

  1. Some parents have nothing better to do. What about the classic, Lord Of The Flies? Where children brutally slaughter each other? That’s okay? These days they show movies like Twillight in school class rooms, Romeo and Juliet ( The 21st century version ) when teachers have nothing better to do with their day. Parents like these should be much more concerned about their child watching MTV than what books they are reading, they should be happy they are reading at all! What a joke. Is that what society has been reduced to?

  2. Dumb as hell. Sure there are naked kids… they’re beating the crap out of each other. Funny how the parent is concerned about the former.

  3. Wow! You’d think the school systems would be thankful to the teachers for seeking out material that these kids would actually enjoy reading. My “school reading lists” we’re always hideous.

  4. This book has no images, so I doubt you could classify it as pornographic. Plus, it has no inappropriate or even remotely romantic behavior between any of the characters. I think the parent’s issue is the fact that the kids are often said to be “skinning”. Honestly, though, I think the only thing that might make the book age-inappropriate for middle schoolers (although I read it as a middle schooler) would be the amount of language used (mostly just the “s”-word, though) and perhaps the graphic descriptions of violence. I do not, however, think that it is anything worse (perhaps better, in many cases) than what is shown on tv nowadays.

    EDIT: And for reference, I think I was roughly 11 when I first read the novel.

  5. These self appointed censors are usually Christian by their own admission.  For reference, the bible states that Lot slept with his daughters after they got him drunk.  That is ok with these people, but a bunch of boys training for war somehow is not. 

  6. Seriously? The only real references to nakedness are, although literal, symbolic. They represent defenselessness, shame and humiliation.

    P.S. What’s with the ranking? I’ve only just joined so I’m a Launchie but does it go up in time or what?

  7. Well at my school we have just asked the librarian to order enders game so i can re read it nd shesnfine with it so its on its way:-) ahh I love endrrs game and asabfb:-) the enemy’s gate is down:-)

  8. It was one of four options for summer reading before my freshman year of high school. I’ve always sort of wondered what was going through Mr. Card’s mind as he was writing those parts of the books, both in the battle school and some of the sexual content in Peter and Valentine’s banter. I’m not sure how those details are important to the store, but once you’ve gone through sex-ed in school, usually around age 12, and especially for a 14-year-old, who can see PG-13 movies alone which often have sexual or drug-related themes, I don’t see what’s wrong with having them read the book.

  9. my 9 year old read it and LOVED it.  He is devouring all the follow-on books now.  I think the parent should read the book before judging it…

  10. I read Ender’s Game at a young age and found it quite good! I can’t imagine that someone would think it was pornographic. Like previous posts, many other books are WAY more risque in their subject matter. Sounds like an ultra conservative mother who wants the umbilical to actually get shorter instead of being cut.

  11. I read Ender’s Game when I was 12, as part of our humanities science fiction unit… basically, everyone had to read it. There were some parts that were a bit mature, but it’s definitely middle-school appropriate.

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