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about swear words in my son's reading book?

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MM74 Tue 20-Mar-12 08:36:40

My son is 7. His reading book from school contains the word 'bastard'. Am I being uptight, PFB and unreasonable if I complain?

Flisspaps Tue 20-Mar-12 08:36:58


lesley33 Tue 20-Mar-12 08:38:59

No. I am shocked it has this word in it tbh.

ErikNorseman Tue 20-Mar-12 08:39:05

What is the book? It seems most odd.

redwineformethanks Tue 20-Mar-12 08:39:43

I'm amazed. Definitely complain

valiumredhead Tue 20-Mar-12 08:39:55

No. I wouldn't complain but I'd point it out to the teacher.

seeker Tue 20-Mar-12 08:40:16

What's the book?

SuperSlattern Tue 20-Mar-12 08:40:25

No. It's completly inappropriate in the classroom for language which can cause offence.

What was the context of it?

TheCunningStunt Tue 20-Mar-12 08:40:31

What Valium said

Adversecamber Tue 20-Mar-12 08:40:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GetTheeToANunnery Tue 20-Mar-12 08:41:05

He is a bit young to be reading words like that. Which book is it?

Bucharest Tue 20-Mar-12 08:42:33

Point it out to the teacher who can use it as an example of what words really mean,and therefore why they shouldn't be used in other contexts.

What was it?

I notice Ron Weasley says bloody all the time.

frumpet Tue 20-Mar-12 08:42:40

its not bustard is it ?

catgirl1976 Tue 20-Mar-12 08:44:01

Depends on the context

seeker Tue 20-Mar-12 08:44:37

Is this a very, very clever stealth boast about a child's reading age??grin

Methe Tue 20-Mar-12 08:45:45

It would depend on the context.

Step Tue 20-Mar-12 08:46:00

Crikey you want to censor literature? If they'd given him "Big and Bouncy the Christmas Edition, readers ' wives" then please complain. But the use of the word "bastard"? If he's reading Shakespeare it's all over the place...

"“I am a bastard, too. I love bastards! I am bastard begot, bastard instructed, bastard in mind, bastard in valor, in everything illegitimate.”
― William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida

He's going to hear it in the playground, on the street he may as well know what it means.

Francagoestohollywood Tue 20-Mar-12 08:47:35

Lol @ Adversecomber grin

I love Ron Weasley saying bloody all the time, it is one of my fav english words!

valiumredhead Tue 20-Mar-12 08:47:44

Unlikely to be reading full blown Shakespeare in the classroom at 7.

MM74 Tue 20-Mar-12 08:49:00

It's Michael Morpugo, Private Peaceful. And the context was something along the lines of 'If he says anything like that again, I'll tell her to shoot the bastard!'

I'm torn. Obviously I'm not into censorship and they all have to learn these things sometimes, but he's a bit young.

Bucharest Tue 20-Mar-12 08:49:32

I love Ron Weasley. blush

(but not as much as Neville)

supernannyisace Tue 20-Mar-12 08:49:43

Was it the audio book of Sharpe - featuring the lovely Sean Bean - he says 'bastard' a lot!


But it is an unsuitable word for a 7 year old to be reading.

seeker Tue 20-Mar-12 08:53:07

Ok. Private Peaceful is unsuitable for a 7 year old. But not because of the language.

Ironic that you're happy with "I'll tell her to shoot the..." but not with. "bastard"!!

MM74 Tue 20-Mar-12 08:55:43

I'm not that happy with the rest, but it was the explicit use of the swear word that really crystallised it for me. He's read a lot of the book to himself (in school, he has a foot injury and had to sit out PE) so I don't know how much he's taken in already.

I've put a note in his reading record saying I'm slightly concerned and wondering whether it's appropriate given his age. But that makes me feel like I'm being precious ....

seeker Tue 20-Mar-12 08:59:36

You would be being precious if you were just complaining about the word. But I am AMAZED that this book is available to 7 year olds. I would be very sounds as if his teacher hasn't read it. I would lose it and find something suitable for him to read.

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