David (dblume) wrote,
David
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On Vox: Forbidden Books

If I were a teacher, I'd forbid the reading of Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! and IWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.   I'd explain to the kids that the books are forbidden on the grounds that they could give them ideas about breaking the law, sex, lock-picking, and making contraptions with mischievous intent.

The books are too short.  They're written in simple, clear language.  They're written by deviants who forged their own way.  They could only be disruptive.

And with any luck at all, every curious student would have an unyielding desire to learn more, and they'll devour the books on their own accord.

Could such a reverse-psychology ploy work?  I really don't know.  But it's worth a try, even if the kids see though the guise.

I can't wait until the timing is right to forbid these books from my children.

Originally posted on dblume.vox.com

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