I don't know, but apparently they're under the impression that there has only been one book by Ray. "What do you think about the book?" most topic headings ask. It's a good thing they all seem to know which book they're talking about!
Posts: 405 | Location: Azusa, CA | Registered: 11 February 2003
Hi, I'm sorry that all the kids from my high school are only talking about F451. :/ It's just that their assignment is to be here, and they have really only been exposed to this Ray Bradbury book. Some of the kids have really good discussion ideas though.
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Posts: 9 | Location: USA | Registered: 25 August 2004
Voct, no need to apologize. Welcome to you and all of your classmates to the board! Hopefully, you liked FAHRENHEIT 451 enough to read some of Ray Bradbury's other wonderful books, even if they are not assigned homework!
Sad, sad, sad, but true! In many so-called third world countries, (I'm thinking particularly of acquaintances who taught in Botswana and Haiti) children are so hungry for education - dressing in their best clothes, walking miles to school, families giving up many basic things and enduring great hardships to get their kids into school... Here, unfortunately, knowledge and wisdom are no longer seen to be as important as wealth, fame, athletic prowess, and physical beauty. Consequently, most students attend school reluctantly and resist learning. The one thing our kids really do want to learn is how to be popular. There are, of course exceptions; and it is on these kids we must place the hope of a better future for our society.
Posts: 901 | Location: Box in Braling I's cellar | Registered: 02 July 2004
Originally posted by rm-r: I guess forced reading is better than none at all. Good luck on your assignments, kids.
No, I don't think so. I think the pleasure of reading is an experience that can't be injected into someone, but has to be discovered and grown by oneself. I also think the context in which you are confronted with a book is important: Although I've always been fond of books since I learned to read them, I often disliked reading the books I was made to read at school, because they had the context of forced reading about them. (Therefore, I'm almost thankful we didn't read any Bradbury back at school). Of course, there are exceptions - but generally it will always be difficult to derive pleasure from something that is imposed on you.
Some of you who have extensive collections and websites (Phil and Elron, I'm talking to you!) could maybe photograph your collection of Bradbury books and post it on your website. Then post a copy of the picture on one of these messages from kids who think Ray only ever wrote one book. All you need to do to post a picture is include [img][/img] on either side of the url for the picture. I have no idea of how to directly post a digital picture that isn't online. I do plan to photograph my own collection when the shelves are done and everything set up and would be glad to email pictures of it to you guys. If they don't read the lists of stories--maybe SEEING A PICTURE of all the books with DIFFERENT TITLES and the SAME AUTHOR would do it!
Posts: 2694 | Location: Dayton, Washington, USA | Registered: 03 December 2001
Actually, I was suspicious when all the High School posts began to appear - so many similar questions made me think someone was trying to bring the board down by bombarding it with messages. It's now clear that these are just the results of enthusiasm, in some cases for F451, in some cases for message boards. I don't think we should knock it, as it has at the very least pushed the Moore threads way down to the bottom of most of the topics.
But if I were the tutor, I would be learning a lesson about how you need to drum in a little (n)etiquette...