Archive for June 10th, 2005

10th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 10, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Classes in New York City public schools are unlikely to be reading Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction novel about censorship, “Fahrenheit 451.” Instead, they may be victimized by a radical pedagogical movement that has prevented entire classes from reading any full-length work of literature. Call it a kind of divide-and-conquer censorship, the sort of thinking that has some of our best teachers heading for the doors.
I know of one seventh-grade English teacher in a city public school who is filling cartons now with the materials and memorabilia of the four years she has spent in her Queens classroom. She is leaving the city system for greener pastures: a job in one of the suburban districts.