Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The School for Good and Evil vs Silence of Our Friends
Who would have thought that two books could have divided a staff so much. As a result we are tied (2 votes Silence of Our friends and 2 votes School for Good and Evil).
As I am one of the supporters for Good and Evil; I do wish that there was a bit more Silence from my Friends in this decision. I do understand that the graphic novel format is quick and easy for students to read and therefore could be accessible for them, but I don't think that this "ease" out weighs the problems with the content. A deep and through set of background knowledge is needed to support the story of Silence of Our Friends. It took me at least two full classes to prepare our students before we watched The Butler earlier this year and even so, students still had questions about events that they could not understand. This scaffolding does not happen when students simply check a book out of the library. On the other hand, Good and Evil is a story that needs no background teaching or support to understand the concepts or storyline. I will admit that it is long and somewhat repetitive, but not at the expense of a unique and interesting story line filled with deeper meanings. I believe that students will quickly find the story interesting and will grasp the bigger issues (such as the difference between words and actions - a necessary life lesson). Bottom line: I would move The School for Good and Evil forward and let Silence of Our Friends sit quietly on the shelf to be used as a supporting resource for a social studies class.
Smack on ...