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Old 07-18-2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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Political Bias in Summer Reading

For many schools, summer reading is a typical assignment. I'm taking an AP English course, so I was assigned three books to read for the summer. One of these books is the extremely conservative "Shut Up and Sing" by Laura Ingraham. I am unsure whether this is intended to be thought-provoking about how political bias can ruin writing (which after ten pages I can already see it's murdered any hope of a reasonable read) or if my school district doesn't get it. I'm thinking the latter based on past behavior. I don't know how many 16 year olds even understand politics, let alone be able to discern political bias. Maybe I'm not giving us enough credit, but I'm unsure to say the least.

But, for those who have read it, how ridiculously right-wing is it? My favorite part is that in order to not make it completely liberal bashing, she includes those Republicans who lean liberally, ironically making the bias even stronger.

But my point here is, should summer reading include political bias? I mean, it would be one thing if there was a contrasting liberal favored book, but there's not. So, thoughts?
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i reckon it needs to be liberal leaning all the way so you can hopefully influence these one-day voters to see sense. you know, subtle propaganda and stuff.

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Laura Ingram is really, really bad. Ann Coulter bad, but with less leggy blondness to get acclaim. THat is really sad, especially if they expect you all to buy the damn thing and give royalties! And you're in Philly, right, not some conservative town somewhere? or are you in one of the red suburbs? Either way, is there some sort of report or critique of the summer reading you will get to do that you can use as an outlet (within the assignment) to express your concerns over how biased it is?
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I'm assuming some kind of assignment once school resumes, but there's none at the moment.

I am in the suburbs, but there's no dominating party around here, really.
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The least they could have done is giving you "Unspeak" to balance things out.

It was so blatantly partisan and biased against the Right that I finally quit reading it.

And I'm a liberal!
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How is this an AP English book? It's not well written, it's not a literary work - there are about a thousand books you could and should have read instead. It's not so much the bias that offends me, it's the shitty writing.
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I'm sure I've bitched about this before, but the required basic economics class for seniors at my high school has to read the Fair Tax Book. I live in the right wing infested suburbs of Atlanta. They don't read anything remotely equivalent from a liberal perspective and because it's a general prereq economics class the level of depth/interest isn't extraordinary. So, of course, most kids around here emerge from the class worhsipping Neal Boortz and plastering Fair Tax bumper stickers all over their Hummers.
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How is this an AP English book? It's not well written, it's not a literary work - there are about a thousand books you could and should have read instead. It's not so much the bias that offends me, it's the shitty writing.
I could name about 75 logical fallacies already, and I'm only one chapter through the book.
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maybe the assignment was done to illicit the exact response you're getting now? it might not be propaganda to sway you to the right. it might be more like "look how ridiculous this is"
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That's my hope. I just wonder why they would make it only republican ridiculousness though, and no contrasting ridiculous democrat book.
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It could be this one teacher has a bias. And he is hoping to set you on the right side of the culture war.

I think a lot of students will be turned off by it.
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i dunno, it sounds like a really crap book to me. i think this professor could be purposely trying to turn students off
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I was forced to read so many books and now I can't remember any of them except Angela's Ashes, which I hated.
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i saw the movie... but that actor was cute. he was in cowboys & angels too.
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I'm sure I've bitched about this before, but the required basic economics class for seniors at my high school has to read the Fair Tax Book. I live in the right wing infested suburbs of Atlanta. They don't read anything remotely equivalent from a liberal perspective and because it's a general prereq economics class the level of depth/interest isn't extraordinary. So, of course, most kids around here emerge from the class worhsipping Neal Boortz and plastering Fair Tax bumper stickers all over their Hummers.
I'm sorry.

Sounds a bit like where I grew up.
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