A misguided social experiment, Common Core deprives students of classic fiction

Feb 28, 2018 by

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley turns 200 this year. (Simon & Schuster)

By Jamie Gass –

“[N]othing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose,” wrote Mary Shelley, author of the classic horror story Frankenstein. “[A] point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”

The novel’s 200th anniversary this year is a fitting time to remember how Mrs. Shelley’s book has enlivened our understanding of human nature and modern science, even shaping popular culture and Halloween.

Schoolchildren should know Mary Shelley’s name, the fact that her literary invention unleashed the science fiction genre, as well as her warnings about the perils of science run amok.

Mary’s parents had been 18th-century English radicals. Her mother was the prominent, early feminist author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Published when Mary was only age 20, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, was born from a grotesque “waking dream.” She and her husband, the famous Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, were summer guests at the Lake Geneva, Switzerland home of another great poet, Lord Byron. Their host challenged each visitor to think up a creepy ghost story.

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