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Is Brokeback Mountain appropriate for Classrooms?

And what do you think the "lesson" was they were supposed to learn?

"CHICAGO —  A girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated film "Brokeback Mountain" in class.

The lawsuit claims that Jessica Turner, 12, suffered psychological distress after viewing the movie in her 8th grade class at Ashburn Community Elementary School last year.

The substitute asked a student to shut the classroom door at the West Side school, saying: "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class," according to the lawsuit."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,271935,00.html

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    This was completely unacceptable in every single way! What is next, the teacher shutting the door and molesting a few students and then saying..."what happens here stays in here"? This is rediculous!!!!! These are 12 years olds who shouldn't even be seeing rated R movies, let alone being subjected to homosexuality..... These are impressionable children at a time of sexual unsureness..... I am not anti homosexual, just I don't feel that kids should have it shoved down there throats at such a vulnerable age..... That teacher is a sicko!!!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    I think Farm Bred said it best, how can we ban religion in the classroom and allow this kind of crap?

    At first I thought they over-reacted with a lawsuit, but after seeing that the grandfather warned them about some questionable material and they did nothing about it and actually upped the ante with showing this movie, I can see why he felt a lawsuit is the only way to get their attention.

    Hell, I think not only should this teacher be fired, I would personally bring the teacher up on charges of sexual harassment or something appropriate, if my 12 year old watched that movie without my permission I would be royally ticked off and I think that person should spend some "time" thinking about exposing my 12 year old to an R rated movie for sex acts, the fact that it was homosexual in nature would just add fuel to my fire, but the showing an R rated movie to my 12 year old would really be the main issue in itself.

  • dave b
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Absolutely unacceptable. There are some films being shown in schools that are also more like political indoctrination, such as "An Inconvenient Truth".

    Most are directly tied to the Liberal agenda. Brokeback Mountain is a sweetheart movie for the Libs because gay rights are at the top of their agenda.

    That movie should only be shown to students more mature than 8th graders, and ONLY if parental permission is granted, of course.

  • 5 years ago

    If I have been a mom I particular as heck does no longer choose my infants gazing this movie - regardless of characters' genders! If it were a movie with the comparable style of content cloth and R score with a heterosexual couple, it would nevertheless be thoroughly out of line to coach it to pupils under the seventh grade point. I certainly have friends my age (17/18) who nevertheless opt to no longer watch R-rated video clips. I undergo in ideas listening to instructors telling me, all the way with the aid of severe college, even, that video clips with bigger than a G score could be cleared by the first, or perhaps in my senior year at 18 years previous my mom and dad could sign a waiver to confirm that me to visual exhibit unit an R rated movie (which incorporate Brokeback Mountain) in school, besides the actuality that i ought to visual exhibit unit this sort of movie on the theater with suited identity. What handed off to that? it quite is no longer a count of the characters being gay, quickly, in spite of - that's a controversy of theory. That movie is easily no longer one it quite is pertinent to the schedule of a 5-12 year previous, and consequently there is not any reason that they could desire to verify it.

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  • tcdrtw
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Why were they watching a movie in school anyway?

    When they have a substitute, the kids should have assignments, not sit around watching movies.

    Twelve is a little young to be watching the sexual content in that movie without parental attendence or consent, regardless of homo or heterosexual content.

    Am I wrong or would a 12 year old going to see an R rated film in the theater be carded or questioned? So why watch it in school?

  • DRAGON
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    thats because they did not ask permission for a R rated movie. we had gladiator at my school but we asked parents first and so we were allowed to exclude the ones that did not want to see the uncut version. now e are a state school not public so there a few more restrictions and we could still do this. now if they asked kids and parents then they (the school) should be able to win the lawsuit. now some people are greedy and just want money and what better way to get it and make a point then to sue a school. I would not do it but there some who would.

    Source(s): My civis/world history teacher.
  • 1 decade ago

    I would think the sub would have had better sense than that. But I've discovered there are a LOT of idiots out there!

    I doubt that the sub had any lessons to teach the students, just an easy days pay for doing nothing.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The age of the student is the only questionable error of judgement imho.

    Brokeback Mountain is an important work of literature illustrating the useless suffering caused by societies tendency to pigeonhole and oppress minority groups, even if that means suppressing the purest and deepest form of love that can be felt between two people. It is not just a "gay" movie, it is about broader concepts that are important to grasp if our society is to be compassionate, fair and rational.

    In terms of educational value, I think the movie should be mandatory viewing for people leaving school and entering society at large to teach them the real morals of compassion, maturity and social justice. 12 years old was probably a little young, but I can understand that the teacher was trying to do the right thing in his/her mind.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I remember the good old days when we would get to go on a field trip to see West Side Story, and we had to get a permission slip from our parents.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is absolutely inappropriate, it elevates deviant behavior to socially acceptable, which of course what the socialists want.

    Sodomy is a sin, and at one time it was a crime in every state in this country, and should be again.

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