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Thread: Anne Frank's Diary Too 'Pornographic' For 7th-Grade Students, Claims Michigan Parent

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    Wow, I get too busy to be here and the thread certainly got busy! I was studying for a powerplant electrical test and then went to school so had no time to come back until now. Passed my test BTW.

    Anyway, Kat thanks for finding the passages to add to the context of the thread. And I totally agree with everything you said, too many to quote!

    I personally would have no issue with my boys reading this version of the book, they are 14 and 15 years old, I would use it as a teaching moment about the specifics in the passages but also telling them to look at the bigger picture here and to not be fixated on the passages.

    I can see where concern from parents comes from but to me it's pretty freaking tame compared to what can be easily found online. Making it taboo only makes the curiosity stronger so it's best to just deal with the topic at hand honestly and rationally then move on but also keep the topic of sexuality an ongoing conversation by using moments like this as a teaching opportunity. Knowledge is power and the more kids know and understand it the better off they actually will be because they will have accurate information. Of course touching on that is a whole other debate there but that is how I feel about.
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    I dunno. Part of me stands on the fact that the difference between health class is all that stuff is talked about in an analytical, medical way rather than an exploratory "girl talk" kind of way. I'm not saying that I wouldn't let my kid read it, I mean, I'm interested in reading it now myself. I didn't even know it was an edited version.

    I say don't cut the book out of the curriculum. Let it be an option which version is read. So kids who might be more comfortable with the edited version can read it while others can read the real one. The way I was back in 7th grade, I know I probably would have read the edited version.
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    As someone who spends the entire day with 7th graders, I just have to say, my students would probably be hysterically laughing if they read that. Actually, if they read it at home for homework or something, they could get through it just fine. But if they read it in class and someone had to say it out loud, it would turn into a giggle fit. BUT, that doesn't mean I don't think it should be read. They need to learn to be a little more mature about those things. And there is no way any teacher would make that little section of the book the focal point of the lesson. There are a million other things to ask questions about.
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    Doesn't that just make it relatable? They're hiding from Nazis, but she still has feelings like the kids that are reading the book likely do.
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    I find this funny... just because it's so stupid.

    If a 7th grader doesn't already know what's being described in that book then they are seriously lacking in their education department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rissa*Rawr View Post
    I find this funny... just because it's so stupid.

    If a 7th grader doesn't already know what's being described in that book then they are seriously lacking in their education department.
    How so? Not everyone explores their body or is interested in wanting to know, learn, or discuss those things at that age. That passage is not phrased like a health class lecture on body parts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by His*PITA* View Post
    How so? Not everyone explores their body or is interested in wanting to know, learn, or discuss those things at that age. That passage is not phrased like a health class lecture on body parts...
    Maybe they're not described so intensely in a health class but they should already know what's down there & have learned the names of the parts of their body, whether they actually remember them or not. I'm not saying that is when they'll be exploring their body or even if they ever want to but that is the age on when it begins, if not earlier. And even if they haven't learned it yet for some reason, questions are the key to educating so might as well give them the damn book & let them ask about it. To say this book is porn is absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rissa*Rawr View Post
    Maybe they're not described so intensely in a health class but they should already know what's down there & have learned the names of the parts of their body, whether they actually remember them or not. I'm not saying that is when they'll be exploring their body or even if they ever want to but that is the age on when it begins, if not earlier. And even if they haven't learned it yet for some reason, questions are the key to educating so might as well give them the damn book & let them ask about it. To say this book is porn is absurd.
    Agree 100%... its not pornographic at all.

    I am still on the fence of whether I find it appropriate for that age group, but I agree 100% its not porn.
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