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01/29/2015

George Orwell: 1984.

Got this from The Feral Irishman. Genius.

4 Comments
  1. Dr. Jeff permalink
    01/30/2015 07:27

    A full understanding of 1984, including it’s historic context and review of how governments and political movements have used the techniques since the book was written, should be required to get a high school diploma.

    There should be an additional semester each for Animal Farm and Brave New World. Slaughterhouse Five and Fahrenheit 451 are musts as well.

    I’ve no idea how you would classify Ray Bradbury politically, but he’s certainly a head twister. He’s the only writer I ever found who can describe a sleepy mid West town in late July and have you terrified by the end of the page.

    Kurt Vonnegut is a major Liberal by any standard, but he still hands you ideas worth considering. He goes on at length about human foibles and gives you a note of caution. When you sign up for something, be very careful about what it actually is.

    There are at least 6 or 8 of Robert Heinlein’s books and stories to include for yet another take on the whole thing.

    You could make a few interesting semesters out of that list and the students would actually learn to think critically while they were at it.

    What books and authors would you want to throw in?

  2. 01/30/2015 07:29

    My friend, you have covered most of the books and authors that I can think of as vital. Number of the Beast comes to mind.

  3. Leigh permalink
    02/02/2015 05:11

    Thanks for the props, cmblake.

    Leigh
    Whitehall, NY

  4. 02/02/2015 08:02

    No worries.

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