My 11 year old son came home from school today with a book that his class is reading called "Beasts Fact and Fiction" (written by. Stewart Ross) he handed me the book and he was so angry! He says mom just look at this! He went on to show me the story of the legendary hound of Baskervilles and on that page is a huge picture of a snarling drooling Pit Bull and it this is exactly how it reads. "Horrible Hounds" The legendary Hound of Baskervilles was a hound-mastiff cross. Most real dogs are friendly,but the vicious pitbull terrier has been known to attack and kill for no obvious reason. My son said when the story was read out loud in class he raised his hand and said to his teacher excuse me but that is not true. And his teacher reply was "Yes it is true have you never heard the news stories surrounding these dogs." My son then said well my mom and dad own three and their great dogs she said well we will discuss that later. Oh yes indeed we will! I have contacted the principal and the teacher and we are having a meeting concerning their curriculum choice I hope they are prepared for a little American Pit Bull Terrier 101.
Not only is that a totally biased thing to teach in school, but why are they teaching about pit bulls anyway? Shouldn't they be teaching about science and math and such? That's really weird. Good luck with everything! Let us know the outcome.
huntersmom It's actually a book of legendary beasts which outlines fact and fiction it talks about vampire bats, dragons etc. the Pit Bull statement was on the fact page which was discussing the legend of the Baskervilles hound.
How awful! People these days... it's like discrimination for dogs! i think dogs should have rights too! Just because they don't speak English doesn't mean they don't have feelings! :( best of luck.. go get 'em! Sarah
Get em! I can't wait to hear the outcome. I'm finding more and more kids (even young ones) are standing up for the breed and plainly speaking the truth. I've watched kids telling adults they're wrong and all about Pit Bulls and the adults trying to lie to them basically with what they believe. I'm so glad he was brave enough to tell her she was wrong and speak up for his dogs. Maybe this is a good thing and it will help some people really get to know Pit Bulls. Sometimes bad things happen and turn into good things.
I would be so proud and angry. You are so blessed to have a son that is able to stand up for what he believes in and do it in an appropriate manor. The teacher must have missed her lesson of tolerance and prejudice. When is Martin Luther King day? :o) To make such a biased statement was out of line. Kids will take what a teacher states as truth. This is unacceptable. She needs to keep opinions to her off time. She also should have stopped the reading and had a short discussion with the class that not all non fiction reading is fact. Everything is to interpretation and opinions are just that. Good luck! PS By putting down a boy’s pet (and family - you chose the dog) you are putting down the boy. The teacher should be let to know that a child’s self esteem is much more valuable than her opinions.
It's a wonder the teacher can teach at all with her foot in her mouth. Sounds like Teach is getting the kids all reved up for Halloween with scary stories. I found an article of pictures of old posters promoting the movie, Hound of the Baskervilles, and they portray the hounds as actually looking like wolves. http://www.holmesonscreen.com/indexSHound.htm You might suggest to Teacher that she shouldn't be confusing kids with literature and her own personal opinions. After all isn't that what we're paying them for?