Two Odd Education-Related Stories


On the same day in mid-March, the ABC news service in Australia (which is, as far as I know not affiliated with ABC network in the U.S.) published these two brief stories.

The first item concerns an unexpected twist to “Book Week” at a British school:

“Book Week, where children dress up as their favourite book characters for a day, usually attracts debate as to whether characters from films like Frozen count.

“But 11-year-old Liam Scholes instead decided to go as Christian Grey, the protagonist of the sexually explicit novel and now film, complete with cable ties and mask.

“His mother Nicola defended her son’s choice of costume, saying she was happy when he came up with his own idea. . . .

“’Liam’s argument was: it’s the most talked-about book character for the past couple of years. So I said, “Yeah”.’”

Although Liam has apparently not read the book…

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