Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Potty Humor and Monsters?

I was surfing around this morning and came across this disturbing quote by a nationally recognized newspaper.

"Book clubs for boys try to close the literacy gap by introducing middle school boys to books with 'fewer plucky female protagonists and more potty humor and monsters.'"

Potty humor? Monsters?

Now I agree that there's an abundance of girl-geared books out there and not nearly enough for boys. It's commonly known that girls will read boy books, but it's rare to find boys who read girl books. But does that justify a flood of monsters with potty humor to encourage our young men to read? No wonder Harry Potter is so popular. Hmm. Potty . . . Potter . . . is there a link here?

We shove Game Boy, TV, video games, and who knows what else in front of them and then we are horrified to realize they don't like to read-or can't read and books no longer hold their interest.

Our solution? Let's give the future leaders of our country, our future fathers and congressmen, books about monsters with potty humor.

Yes America, we have arrived.

If we are going to encourage our boys to read, let's give them something of value: Proverbs 15:14, 'The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.'

Am I alone in thinking this? What are your thoughts?


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