Hmmmm moment

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Hmmmm moment
Fri, 11-07-2008 - 9:30pm

Today I had a hmmm moment. Actually, I've been having more and more lately when I take substitute teaching jobs at our local high school. Today was....

The video Sweeny Todd. the new one w/ Johnny Depp in it. It was mixed level class(grades 9-12) and viewed for it's worth as a musical/drama/sets/make up/etc.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 11-08-2008 - 10:17am

The short answer: No, Not Ok.

I am pretty conservative, so many people may not agree with me on this one. First, I don't watch many rated R movies. I find that much of the content that makes it rated R is something that does not add to film. I do watch some R movies, but so many R movies have gratuitous violence and sex, just for the sake of violence and sex. KWIM?

The second thing I was thinking about was that the MOVIE THEATERS won't let the kids into an R rated film without ID or a parent. Did the teacher get permission slips from the parents to show this movie? I've heard of schools/teachers who have gotten into trouble in the courts for showing parts of rated R movies to their classes. As a parent, I would have wanted to know what my child was watching, even if it was something I would have approved anyway.

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Feb 09 Siggy

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 11-08-2008 - 6:43pm

I think Tamie made a good point on ratings. Most schools do not allow R rated movies to be used in class at any level. Many elementary schools don't allow PG.



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Mon, 11-10-2008 - 10:44pm

yikes! no, no, no....

Of course, we 'have history' with this subject in my district. We cannot show ANY videos AT ALL (even Bill Nye the Science Guy) in ANY of our schools with out filling out a form (including standards/objective and why the video is the BEST way to address them) and getting it signed by your principal.

No movies above G in elementary, no movies above PG in secondary, PERIOD, and the PG ones require parent permission slips from every kid, middle OR high school. And any kid who doesn't have permission must have a standards-based lesson alternative for them to complete while the class is watching (so just sending them to the library with a book, or to help a teacher down the hall, is not acceptable). The only exception is the film class at the high school, and I think their list/plans have to be approved by the school board....not positive about that.

Why so extreme? Idiot high school teacher showed her Spanish class "Scream" a few years back. DUH.... I think the policy is good in some ways - it has stopped some lazy habits for some teachers, but it has made it very difficult in some ways, too.

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