Ayn Rands Fountainhead full of Filth

United States
July 15, 2012 1:23pm CST
Have you ever had to read this book? It was part of required reading when I was in high school. I read parts of it when I was in school but as the book was boring and really just seemed to drag on I never really got into to finish reading it while I was still in school. I recently came across a copy and figured I should at least read it as an adult and to be honest I am so glad that I did not read the book when I was in high school. The book is not what I would call good reading for our kids. The book is filled with filth. There is a part in the book where a lead character is raped you would think that it would be the end of it but no this character ends up marrying her rapist. I am sick to think that this is a book that has been required reading for years. It offers a skewed look to rape and how a woman should handle it. I can say that not one person that I know of would ever want to marry their rapist. This book should not be part of required reading till the students are at least in college. I was required to read this book when I was in high school. Thank goodness I did not read it and got a failing grade for that project. Now that I know what the book is about I will not be allowing my child to read this book if its still a part of required reading. How do you feel about it? I know its a good book I just don't feel that its something that our youth should be exposed to. I mean if they are all in a uproar about a little nipple being shown then perhaps they need to take a look at the books they are making our kids read. I am sure that they would be as sick as I am to think that after all the hard work of protecting our kids they are are exposed to something like this for school.
1 response
@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Now you've caught my interest, guess I'll revisit this book. I read it in a course called critical reading and we had great discussions over it, Since it was over 50 years ago I don't remember much but I think it was at least politically incorrect at the time. I was in my last year of high school when I read it. your discussion makes me wonder what I will think of it now. Thanks
• United States
15 Jul 12
Its not a bad book I actually liked reading it as an adult it was a dry but good read and it really showed me a new side to how the world was as a woman author but I still don't feel that this book is a good read for our youth. I think that even now the book is still politically incorrect but still a good read for an adult, not for our high school students. And let me know what you think of it now. I would love to hear what others think of this book especially if I am over reacting.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Jul 12
I don't know where you live but the idea of protecting our high school kids from anything in this world is unrealistic. With all the communication sources available to them these days I think they are much more informed then we adults are. For one thing we are to busy to spend the amount of time they do communicating. Better we should stress to our kids that the kindness in all situations is the best action. That what goes around, comes around and usually when you least expect it. Preparing them is much wises then trying to shelter them from the reality of the world. Why not become one of my friends that way we can talk one on one.
• United States
17 Jul 12
I have to disagree with you on that. I have plenty of time to spend communicating with my kids. I talk to them face to face rather than through text messaging and the social media that's out there. If more parents were to become involved in their kids life's then maybe we could protect them better. Its the day and age where most parents turn on the tv and the computer rather than spending time with their kids. Most of the time kids are exposed to dangerous situations when they have a parent that is more involved in them self and not involved in what their kids are doing. I don't know how many times you hear from a parent that they had no clue after their kids do something horrible. I have to say that had they been a parent there and involved in their kids life they would have known. As a parent its my job to protect my children from things that I feel are beyond them and not appropiate. Just because my daughters friends do it does not mean that she will be doing it.