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The New School Curriculum – Reading, Writing and Watching “Brokeback Mountain”

Scott on May 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Once again, as a teacher I am mortified at the poor judgment and sheer stupidity of some of my fellow educators. As the story is being reported, a substitute teacher showed the gay-themed movie “Brokeback Mountain” to an 8th grade class. As she prepared to show the film, she told the class, “What happens in Ms. Buford’s class stays in Ms. Buford’s class.”

Please pardon my language, but what the #$%@&$! Are you KIDDING me?!? How stupid is this person?

My daughter is in 8th grade this year, and if I found out that a teacher at her school had done this, I would be going NUTS! How does this person feel as though it is their right and/or place to expose a group of 12-14 year old students to a story about gay cowboys?

This girl’s grandparents have taken the correct action…a lawsuit against the district and the substitute. Though the district may not have had a direct connection to what was done, this will certainly motivate them to take the appropriate actions to prevent this from happening in the future.

Once again I must say…What the #$%@&$!

John Adds: Wow, that’s amazing. It was an R-rated film. Don’t you need parental accompaniment to allow 13 year olds to see something like that?

Here’s hoping this teacher never works again.

Scott Adds:  Typically, you need parental permission to watch any movie over the rating of PG (including R-rated films) in BOTH junior high and high school. In junior high (at least in California), you would RARELY IF EVER be given permission to show a movie with an R-rating unless there was a really solid/amazing tie-in with the curriculum (such as watching a top-notch R-rated historical drama that parallels a social studies unit, such as the movie GLORY), but even then if the R-rating was for sex or explicit violence/language, that movie would never fly.

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