Thursday, June 20, 2013

Parents, Where Are You?

Is this Book About Harvesting Teenager Organs on Your School's Common Core Reading List?

The book, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, is disturbing parents across the nation as they discover it on their school's reading lists for junior high students.

Why are they upset?

Unwind Review From School Library Journal:

"Starred Review. Grade 7 Up—Set in the future, the second civil war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called "unwinding." Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part of their bodies harvested to be "donated" to another person so, technically, they don't really die. The complex and compelling plot follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on their way to the harvest camps. Fifteen-year-old Connor's parents can no longer control him. Lev, a tithe, was raised by religious parents for the sole purpose of being unwound. Risa, a ward of the state, is a victim of shrinking budgets since she is not a talented enough musician to be kept alive. Neal Shusterman's engrossing novel (S & S, 2007) is narrated in an even cadence and matter-of-fact tone that suits the author's straightforward narrative style. His wide array of voices makes the involved story line, which is left wide open for what is sure to be an interesting sequel, easy to follow. This gripping, thought-provoking novel is guaranteed to lead to interesting discussions about abortion, adoption, organ donation, religion, politics, and health care.—Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill, NJ"

Now that you know what the book is about, see the equally-disturbing suggested strategies for teaching these complex and moral issues here:

Do you want these issues settled for your child by his teacher?? 

This is exactly why our students are growing up with values inconsistent with their parents. Take heed. They are the future politicians, business owners, and voters. The seeds planted now will give way to their fruit later. 

Perhaps MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry is right: Our children are not ours, but the state's.  

I can't help but draw that conclusion when I read such absurd quotes as this: "it's hard [for parents] to get up in the morning and fix lunch" for their children:

Good grief.

Parents have abdicated almost every parental duty to the state. 

Do we not hold any expectation for parents any longer? Have we given over so much authority, incrementally, bit-by-bit, that we now have totally dissolved parents of any duty to their children?

Webster defines "parent" as "A father or mother; he or she that produces young. The duties of parents to their children are to maintain, protect and educate them."

C'mon, parents, act like one. For the sake of your child, your neighbor, your nation.

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