Submitter: Props to the author for including all kinds of offbeat holidays and celebrations. (Merry Launching of Sputnik Day! Happy Buddha’s Birthday!) There is good background information on the days and lots of interesting ideas. Unfortunately, the drawings are absolutely terrible, and all of the illustrations are in black-and-white. I haven’t tried to make any of these so I don’t know if the instructions are any good. WorldCat lists holdings in over 100 libraries!
Holly: Books like these were great before the Internet became so accessible. You know, like 20 years ago. This book was written 20 years before that. Arts and crafts books for teachers are still useful in public and school libraries, but they have to be as good or better than Pinterest.
Submitter: This creeptacular cover has two young students trying to tempt their teacher with apples, just like Eve. Below, I included the section about the Police and their then-hit song, Don’t Stand So Close To Me. Other gems:
Trapping teachers with questionable lie detector test
Firing teachers for a sex change
I worry about one case, scanned below, where the school and parents let a pedophile go without reporting him to the police. Yikes!
Holly: That cover! Ick. This book is a victim of the 80s and needs to be replaced with something more current. It’s an important topic, but this is not helping. Also, I didn’t realize that student-teacher sexual relationships were a “common problem” as indicated below. Sure, it happens, but commonly?
Teachers of Destruction: Their Plans for a Socialist Revolution
Submitter: The title alone [is awful]; a play on words but quite grave. I’m pretty sure we’d all know to be scared of “stormtroopers of destruction” or “zombies of destruction,” or even “sharks of destruction,” but teachers? Definitely didn’t see that coming, very sneaky.
Some subheadings and quotes:
“some capitalists even back Hitler” to explain businesses who support “leftist” causes.
“While comfortable, complacent Americans went to church or played golf, or lolled around at home reading papers or watching television Sunday morning, a Black Power panel session took place at the Socialist Scholars Conference. ”
As an “eyewitness” (stated in the title), Widener “overhears” most of the things she reports on, there are no footnotes, she didn’t interview anyone associated with these secret and open meetings, in fact it seems she didn’t even bring a tape recorder.
Commenting on the fashion choices of attendees of a conference: “There were no old ladies in tennis shoes at the Princeton University SDS conference.”
Holly: I’m surprised this got published at all, with such questionable “sources” (by The Citizens Evaluation Institute, whatever that is/was). I’m even more surprised it stayed on the shelf of the academic library where it was found for this long. Oh wait, “But it’s historical!” Of course it is. Now recycle it.