Satan in the classroom


Today I got approval on my purchase order to buy 30 copies of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist for use in my AP Literature and Composition class. I wondered if there’d be a problem getting it approved, but there were no questions. I really didn’t expect to be able to get 30 copies, but our librarian got me a good price on them. Although I can certainly argue that the book has literary merit, we probably won’t get to it until after the AP exam in early May. Most of the kids are looking forward to it. They picked the book. This will be good!

Today the juniors and seniors had to go to Crash Court. It was strange. An Oklahoma County judge set up a courtroom in the worship center of our academy (yes, I said worship center and no, I don’t know how they get away with that or how, exactly, it’s used). Anyway, they brought in an actual defendant and tried him in front of a few hundred kids. The charges were possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, plus drunk driving, all while he was on parole. He was allowed to address the group after and said he’s an example of what happens when you get mixed up in drugs and alcohol.

Then there was a segment about how many people alcohol kills. The last part, though … Wow. Going in, I thought it was going to be the gory videos you see in driver’s ed classes. Nope. This was a couple who lost their daughter, son-in-law and the daughter’s fetus in a car accident a few years ago. They told their story, and there were lots of tears. Did it help? Maybe.

Afterward, I saw a guy I’ve had in class twice go up to the mother and hug her. She’s a small lady and this dude is 6′ 5" and almost always in hyperdrive. I wish his parents could have seen him hug that mother who barely made it through her own story. It was a very nice moment.

We are eight school days from spring break. I am going to make a huge effort to finish The Girls Nobody Wanted to Date over the break. Between now and next week, though, I have to focus on creating a slew of benchmark tests … and decide just how sadistic I’m going to be with my AP kids. A real AP test, or something easier? Hmm …

In an effort to keep some fresh content on my various sites, I’ve recently made a couple of posts you’ll only find at werewolfsaga.com. One is a list of 15 good, mediocre and awful werewolf movies. Today’s was a list of things to consider if you really want to become a werewolf.

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7 thoughts on “Satan in the classroom

  1. Wow. When I was in junior high I was a minor celebrity because I was the only kid in school whose mom actually let her read THE EXORCIST. I’m very glad it’s now an AP book!

    • Weeeelllllll… Technically, I doubt the College Board would recognize it as an AP book. Not many AP teachers are warped in the same design as me. So, it’ll be up to me to point out the universal themes, allusions, etc. at work in the book. You know, take the fun out of it and make it a little stuffy.

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