Thursday, November 29, 2007

Scholastic Publishing Encouraging Teachers to Promote 'Golden Compass'

From "Eyebrows raised over 'Golden Compass' curriculum" by Peter Chagnon, posted 11/27/07 at

A well-known publishing company is encouraging teachers to promote the controversial movie The Golden Compass in the classroom through specially designed curriculum -- which has raised concern with some public school teachers.

Scholastic, Inc., has launched its "Golden Compass Student Sweepstakes" in anticipation of the December 7 movie release. Among the sweepstakes prizes are box sets of "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass -- the first book in the trilogy. The publishing company is also launching a line of curriculum for students grade 8-12, based on the "His Dark Materials" book series. According to Pullman, he authored the series out of disdain for the popular allegory "The Lord of the Rings." (See earlier article)

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We just aren't used to the honesty of authors like Pullman. In reality, our public schools already teach children to interpret the world as if God does not exist. Therefore these books will fit right in.