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“Glass Castle” should be required

Posted: November 13, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The following message was sent to Jaime Castellanos and David Le Baron at the Willam S. Hart Union High School District office.

“The Glass Castle” should be required reading for every ninth-grade student in the country. Students, like many of those in the Hart district, who are blessed with all of the necessities of life, need to peek into the lives of people who are not equally blessed.

They need to learn to appreciate what they have and to have some compassion for those who aren’t as fortunate.

All students need to see that no matter what their life is like, pursuing an education will broaden their choices and allow them to rise above their circumstances. “The Glass Castle” handles these themes in a direct and tasteful manner.  While there are some sexual references, they are not as graphic as most of what I hear on the nightly news, and they are not a major focus of the book.   

As a retired Hart district teacher, it has come to my attention that a small but vocal group of parents at Saugus High School are opposing this book. I do agree that parents should have the opportunity to opt out; however, I sincerely hope that you won’t let these parents dictate what the other students are reading, and what teachers are willing to teach. The lessons in “The Glass Castle” are lessons which are desperately needed in our society today, and I hope that you will stand firmly behind the selection of this book.


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