So Iíve been trying to see if high school
tries to send us any subliminal messages. Like maybe through
its choice in textbooks or endorsement of programs or
In order to satisfy my curiosity as well
as my penchant desire to expose some depravity in school
purposes, I decided to analyze selected required reading
from English classes.
Freshman year seemed to be an amalgam of
classics; but they seemed to just tickle the surface. Letís
see: To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer
Nightís Dream, and The Odyssey. Messages? Racism and mob
mentality are bad; love is good and true and all, unless
youíre fourteen and melodramatic; everything is silly; and
you can be an arrogant god-like creature, believe it or not.
Okay, nothing too racy or macabre. Certainly no dangerous
subterfuge in the lit...Disgruntled, I continued my quest.
Ahh...sophomore year. Lord of the Flies?
People are bad. Dandelion Wine. Children are great. A Tale
of Two Cities. People are bad. Oedipus Rex. Donít hate on
the gods. A Separate Peace. People are bad. Taming of the
Shrew. Donít oppress women (a valuable lesson there). Cry,
the Beloved Country. People are bad.
So, the perpetual message tossed at me
during sophomore year was to be wary of humankind. Or maybe
it was just ridiculing youngsters.
I mean, all of the crazy boys on the
island in Lord of the Flies were adolescents, Oedipus Rex
featured its fair share of the young and the restless, and
Dandelion Wine encouraged us all to take a more child-like,
pristine mindset. Lovely. So my sophomore year was a year of
ridicule and disdain from the English department.
But this year? Junior year? When weíre
all supposed to be significantly more mature and
hard-working and earnest? Maybe our levels of perception
will be augmented? A Scarlet Letter. Societyís horrid. Huck
Finn. Societyís horrid. The Great Gatsby. Societyís
Conclusion: The English teachers are
attempting to foment a rebellion.