Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The book is a memoir by Nikki Sixx, a heavy metal star who turned to drugs and fell from the pedestal. He put the book together using diary entries from the drug days and reflecting back on them as a now-sober adult. The obvious message here seems to be "Don't Do Drugs." The message is nothing new, but in order to keep young people informed, the examples need to keep coming forward. Without the confessions of those who did drugs and know the consequences, there isn't much hope of getting kids to understand without doing it themselves.
Jason Galitsky seems to understand this notion, and so he brought the text forward as an example. A parent, upon reading from the book, decided that it was inappropriate due to "explicit language, descriptions of drug use and photos." The thing to remember here is that this is an advanced placement course, practically college level, and this book is too inappropriate? If any of these students end up with careers in psychology, they will be reading and interacting with people much more difficult than this text.
You can read the whole article here. What do you think? Do you agree that books with drugs in them should be kept away from students? Do you think that the students will be too distracted by the drug use to get the main message of the text?
Posted by Rob Bittner at 9:00 AM