I am writing this blog post as a concerned parent. A parent that wishes society would open their eyes to what is going on around them and say something! Be a voice!
It started a few months ago when Mr. C came home from school upset. His English teacher was having the students study a book for an entire semester. They were given a packet of papers to go along with their study of the book. The book is, "Hunger Games".
I realize that the, "Hunger Games" has been quite popular as was/is the, "Twilight" series and so therefore this post won't be a popular post. I don't care. Sometimes being popular isn't the cool thing to be.
All I have heard is how wonderful the, "Hunger Games" is. It's a series that no one can put down. I was ready to start reading it when one voice, my sisters, told me not to. She told me what it was about and I was shocked that our society is so numb, we think teens killing teens in a gladiator style is fun and entertaining.
I called the school and talked to Mr. C's English teacher who was very good to work with us. Mr. C would go to the library for the semester and do a study on a book of his choosing. Our dear friend, Kristen Randle would mentor him and after the semester, have Mr. C write a paper that she would grade and that grade would be submitted.
All went to plan and I thought this would be the end of it. Yesterday was parent teachers conferences. As I was walking down the hallways of the high school, I noticed several tv's up on the walls in the main hallway. What I saw being advertised on the tv's had me furious! The trailer for the movie, "Hunger Games".
Explain to me, why a high school, would have a movie being advertised that promoted teen violence? An institution that is supposedly teaching our kids NOT to be violent?
Why in the world are there tv's in the hallways of the schools advertising ANYTHING??
My blood is boiling over this one. I wondered why no other parents came forward about our youth being made to study, "The Hunger Games" in class......... now I'm wondering why parents aren't coming forward about what is being advertised in the hallways of the schools! I hope they are.........
I am going to assume that it is because they don't know. I am going to assume that if they knew, they'd be as boiling mad as me and say something! I'm one voice. I'm hoping that more voices will join mine and say something.
Am I over reacting? Should I be concerned? I'll answer this one. I'm concerned about those who think I'm over reacting and aren't concerned. I'm concerned about parents who don't think this is a big deal..... who are also caught up in these types of books. I'm concerned with an institution where my kids spend 90 % of their time in a day that isn't concerned......... that is more concerned about money in the advertising they are getting than in what is being advertised and promoted to our kids.
Are you concerned?