Wednesday, April 3
'Zombie Survival' Class for Teens Slashed by School District
Harshberger’s course actually sounds suspiciously like a reading and writing class with a bit of zombie flair thrown in to help keep kids interested. As CNet.com reports, students had to keep a survival journal and "The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead" was assigned for you know… reading.
"It's gotten kids engaged that I wouldn't have gotten engaged before," Harshberger told the East Oregonian.
Engaged or not, Hermiston School District officials shut the popular class down. “The use of zombie-related materials is unfortunate and was not approved in accordance with district curricular policies,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco, as part of a statement on the school’s website . “We extend our regrets to anyone offended by their use.”
The district’s statement also notes that the class wasn’t properly reviewed beforehand and that the subject matter has been deemed inappropriate for middle school students. Zombie survival has been replaced with an exploratory reading class.
While the school district was undoubtedly attempting to be cautious and prudent, many readers feel that an opportunity to make learning fun and interesting has been lost as a result. In response to a story about the class on KPTV.com, a reader named Wendy wrote, “Heaven forbid kids have fun while learning! The current reading classes are so boring and the reading materials are outdated. I would love to have any class like this that actually got my kids excited about reading!”
Of course, some agree with the district’s decision. As a reader named Dana wrote, “It's inappropriate for any school. What a stupid thing to even consider. Maybe that teacher plays too many video games!”