An award-winning Brooklyn English teacher’s decision to provide each of his students with a copy of the Mary Shelley classic “Frankenstein” has thrust him into a real-life horror story.What if this is true?
Todd Friedman, a 29-year public-school veteran who teaches at Midwood High School, was put on administrative duty — and faces possible termination — after the city Department of Education slapped him with disciplinary charges.
His crime: He personally ordered 102 paperback copies of the novel from a publisher last September for his Advanced Placement students.
Friedman, 61, paid for the books out of his own pocket — about $220 with shipping — then sold them to students for $2 apiece to recoup most of the expenses.
He noted that students spent $6 for “Hamlet” at the school bookstore, triple what he asked to recoup his layout for “Frankenstein.”I don't think the guy should be fired, but I'm forced to wonder exactly why students should be paying for books at all at a public school. If this book is part of the curriculum, why doesn't the school have it? And if it's not part of the curriculum, why is he teaching it?
“Nobody had an issue with that,” Friedman said. “This has been going on for decades.”
There are a lot of questions here, and any sunlight that shines on the problem will be good.