This term DS’s year 8 class are reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” as their main book in English.
It’s a good book which I’d recommend to other adults but I was a mildly surprised that it was an official school text for 12 year olds as it does contain some adult themes and quite a bit of swearing including frequent use of the “f-word” and I think at least one instance of the “c-word”.
In fact the way I found out they were reading it was when my son excitedly told me how they’d started reading it out in class that day and the embarrassment of the reader and sniggers from the rest of the class when they got to a “rude word” in the first few pages.
I’m not personally concerned about it all but just wondered what other parents and teachers views were regarding what is suitable and unsuitable for children that age?
Also I’m a bit confused by the inconsistency we seem to have around exposure of children to bad language. If those words were spoken in a film or TV program it would be classified as a 15 or broadcast after the 9pm watershed with a strong language warning regardless of the context and I’m guessing some of us might wonder whether it was appropriate for our children to watch it. And even though this is an internet forum for adults, if I’d typed the words out properly as they appear in the book I’d be deemed to be breaking forum rules and they’d probably be automatically asterisked out to avoid causing any “offence” to other (adult) readers of the forum. Is there a reason its more acceptable in a book than other mediums?