I got the following email from a friend. Can you help with suggestions?
My daughter started school today as a high school senior.
Over the summer, for her first class in Politics and Government in the U.S. and the World, she had to read What’s the Matter with Kansas. My daughter is not much of a political person. She found the Kansas book boring.
I was upset that the teacher assigned this book. Some of my daughter’s more conservative classmates felt the same way. I told my daughter that the teacher should assign a conservative book for “equal time,” and my daughter passed this message along.
The teacher, who is apparently a very nice guy, said that I am welcome to suggest a conservative book for the class to read. He has had trouble finding a suitable book. He wants the book to show the conservative emphasis on religion and values.
Since you seem to have read almost everything, can I ask for your thoughts on what might be a good conservative read for these high school seniors?
My correspondent though that the David Horowitz or Michael Medved autobiographies might be good ideas. I’ve read Horowitz’s, which I thought was excellent, but have not yet read Medved’s. What makes Horowitz’s book so good is that he was not merely an observer, but a participant. It was his ability to good up close to and personal with the Black Panthers that made him see the huge chasm between Leftist ideology and the way it worked on the ground.
For some reason, although I read prodigiously, I’m simply drawing a blank on books that would be good for 16 year olds who need a positive introduction to conservative religion and values.
UPDATE: I’m blushing here. After writing snidely that my child’s teacher sent home a message with a glaring grammatical error, I titled this post “curriculum advise” instead of “curriculum advice.” I’ve since corrected it, and am breathing a sigh of relief that I’m not a teacher, just a harried blogger.