I remember in school readin that book and the hound is more wolf like. Where did the teacher even get pit bull out of that story? It just shows you that teachers also need to do their research before addressing the class on a topic.
I agree absolutely. That looks exactly like a wolf to me. She has no business throwing her opinion is as a fact, if even throwing it in at all. I want to know what happened....:( I hope you took your dogs to the school. That would have been hilarious. I know you probably can't, but it still would have shown that teacher a thing or two. And good for your son too. Give him a pat on the back for us!
Paigebeveraly The teacher did not bring up Pit Bulls the book did. The teacher just reiterated the negative about Pit bulls. (Which is EVEN worse for a teacher to do. She should remain unbiased) The book states fact and fiction...The fiction being that the legendary hound from Baskerville was believed to be a wolf like dog and it goes on to tell the story of how it attacked Sir Henry Baskervilles. Then the fact page tells what sort of dog the Baskervilles hound actually was and then the snarling Pit Bull is pictured with the following caption. "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.
In all the films I saw, the "hound" was portrayed as a very large, scrawny, half starved, hyena/wolf looking creature. Indeed, in the story, the "hound" is said to a mutt that was beaten and starved to turn it into a vicious killer. ~Seij
Wendy The book was explaining the story of the Baskervilles Hound but it was using the Pit Bull as an Example. The book is called Beasts Fact and Fiction. The Pit Bull example was on the fact page it has nothing to do with the story the book was not insinuating that it did. Reread my original post. :0)
Oh okay, now I get it. I still don't think it should be brought up in class though. The teacher was out of line. One of my elementary teachers said some stuff like that about rotties and of course we had 6 of them. It made my friends afraid to come over to my house to play. And my friends parents called my mom complaining about our dogs. Lets just say my mother had a talk to the teacher because I was known as the girl with the killer dogs. But the teacher changed her opinion real quick over the subject.
What exactly are you going to say? I'd say be prepared; teachers often are. You might pull out pictures of your dogs with your family and she's going to put out a CDC report on dog bite fatalities. Maybe you could let her know that since 1993, however, Rottweilers have consistently been involved in more deaths than any other breed. Every party needs a pooper; that's why they invited me!
Sorry Gina! I thought the Teacher was giving her own version of one of America's Creepyest Classics. I know it's good for a Teacher to encourage kids to read, but I think something other than a "fact or fiction" type literature could be better. She's probably getting into the Halloween spirt. But whatever her agenda, personal opinions such as those should be left to oneself. Especially since she made the comment on a personal level and not a factual level. I still say she stuck her foot in her mouth and KUDOS to your son for setting her and the rest of the class straight. And as far as the "Beast Fact and Fiction," it sounds more like a book you bring out at a party after everyone has had a few cocktails or a slumber party, or camp out. Not at a grade school or middle school. Ask her if she's up to "Show and Tell?" Take one of your "Hounds" in and let the kids see them.