When a school required parents to sign permission slips for their kids to read Fahrenheit 451, the irony was not lost on this dad.
On Monday, Daniel Radosh tweeted his brilliantly snarky response to the permission slip, which notes that some people get “angry” about the book’s references to Bible-burning and profanity.
“I love this letter!” wrote the dad. “What a wonderful way to introduce students to the theme of Fahrenheit 451 that books are so dangerous that the institutions of society ― schools and parents ― might be willing to team up against children to prevent them from reading one.”
Radosh, who is a senior writer for “The Daily Show,” used his characteristic humor and a solid dose of sarcasm in his response.
“It’s easy enough to read the book and say, ‘This is crazy. It could never really happen,’ but pretending to present students at the start with what seems like a totally reasonable ‘first step’ is a really immersive way to teach them how insidious censorship can be,” he continued.
Radosh noted on Twitter that his son, Milo, is in the eighth grade, so he figured the permission slip couldn’t possibly be real.
“I’m sure that when the book club is over and the students realize the true intent of this letter they’ll be shocked at how many of them accepted it as an actual permission slip,” he wrote in his now-viral response.
“In addition, Milo’s concern that allowing me to add this note will make him stand out as a troublemaker really brings home why most of the characters find it easier to accept the world they live in rather than challenge it,” he concluded. “I assured him that his teacher would have his back.”
Radosh’s tweet received nearly 15,000 likes and 9,000 retweets.