Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Or at least attempting to severely curtail my personal exposure to anything and everything violent, which obviously must include books. On my original "Inspired..." blog* I am writing about this quest to eliminate violence in my life, and will probably have some duplicate posts here when relevant to Juvenile/YA literature.
Is it even possible to participate in and discuss childrens' books without violence (not that we get violent discussing books, but the books contain violence) -- even dear Wilbur is threatened with an axe, and death is certainly an integral part of much quality literature. How much should we limit a student's exposure to violence, at home or in the classroom, especially if Goosebumps is all he/she will read?
I use the tags violence (51 books), war (12), and action/adventure (44) on this blog, and the "violence" covers a wide range, from battles and fist fights to implied danger. I just wanted to mark the book in some way that would let me know there is something of a physical, harmful nature in the story. Hunting is considered violence, as is bullying. Even a heroic tale or a slapstick comedy may get labeled with the tag.
The world is violent. Some students' lives are violent on a daily basis. Pop culture is certainly violent, sometimes overwhelmingly so, which is why I am trying to recognize ways I can avoid as much violence as I can and find alternatives for my children and students, if at all possible.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
*Violence is hard to get away from -- I was going to say "I have hijacked my other blog..."