I have read that in some schools the children (5th grades and up) are assigned “Ask Alice” the “diary” of a teenage drug-addict (fiction from 35 years ago) as reading material and drug-use deterrent.
I read the book myself while still in my early teens and although I would agree that it scared me out of most things I think it also “taught” me many things that now I don’t consider appropriate for the 10 years-12 years set. My daughter is one year ahead of her class and at 9 years entering 5th grade this fall I’m scared of this type of reading and also of the “sex education” that I understand public school provides to these children.
Has anyone read that book, and what is your opinion? Do you think it conforms with catholic teaching and morality? And what other choices do we as parents have to instruct our kids on the dangers of drugs without showing them all the bad that is out there available for anyone to try? I’m concerned that whatever I don’t teach her, her friends and classmates will, thus thwarting my efforts and showing her there is more to it that mom is letting on. I don’t want her to go to her friends, I want her to come to me for any questions. Especially since her younger sister (6 years old) learns from her.
All ideas are appreciated.
Mom in West Coast