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The Brokeback Class

This weekend I heard about the substitute teacher who showed an 8th grade class the "R" rated movie, Brokeback Mountain, but had not read the report saying the suit filed by a girl in the class claims the principal was aware that the teacher was showing the movie. Newsbusters has a good post on the story. I had assumed this was a teacher gone wild but, if the allegations are true, this was even worse than that since school administration knew what was going on and allowed it to happen. Parents cannot be too careful when monitoring what is happening in their kids' schools.


Comments (32)

Worse is the showing of 'An... (Below threshold)
kim:

Worse is the showing of 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

One is presented as fiction, one as truth;
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Am I the only one who thoug... (Below threshold)

Am I the only one who thought Brokeback Mountain was a less-than mediocre movie? The film had tons of free press that should've generated huge profits based solely on the curiosity of moviegoers. And then when the film started getting trashed by reviewers, the gay lobby started pounding their fists on the table and screaming about discrimination and prejudice (as though we don't live in a world where Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Will & Grace were hits) when the movie was just plain bad.

So I guess the real question is, why in the world were they watching this awful movie in school in the first place? Even if it was solely for the gay factor, there are better far movies involving gay characters that that waste of time. Philadelphia immediately comes to mind.

I don't know what the sub w... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

I don't know what the sub was thinking and I doubt the Principle was in on it. You don't show R rated movies to 13-year olds unless there is a very compelling reason, and the children have permission from their parents.

I also doubt the account by the child/parents. I think they just want the school board to show them the money.

This situation demonstrates... (Below threshold)

This situation demonstrates the real 'evil' of the 'agenda'. Homosexuality is a very specific subject within the context of sexual education. You cannot advocate that homosexuality is "normal" except within the context of the subject of sexuality. Certainly the school teacher, and administration, acknowledge this implicitly as they behaved in a secretive and conspiratorial manner. So...

Even if you are tolerant of homosexuality, which I am, it is criminal to sexualize children.

What if I, a heterosexual, held a class-room of 12-year-old cheerleaders hostage via my authority as a substitute teacher, and showed an R-rated film, that romanticized oral sex with older men. I'm not talking about showing Clinton(D)/Lewinsky Court-TV/CSPAN testimoney, I mean a film like Carried Away where Dennis Hopper does underage Amy Locane.

Would that be OK?

Obviously not.

Actually, the "R" is suppos... (Below threshold)

Actually, the "R" is supposed to mean the movie is not appropriate for younger people, irrespective of parental "permissions" or lack thereof. In any case, the classroom of a middle school is NEVER the appropriate place for such a viewing.

She's twelve and in 8th gra... (Below threshold)
kim:

She's twelve and in 8th grade?
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Granddaddy Long Legs:</b... (Below threshold)

Granddaddy Long Legs:

Am I the only one who thought Brokeback Mountain was a less-than mediocre movie?
Did you ever read the story when it appeared in The New Yorker? It was unreadable.
My son's middle school scie... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

My son's middle school science class watched "The Core" after the standardized testing. It was mostly decompress, but the students were supposed to identify all the 'bad science' in the movie.

The movie is rated PG-13 for 'sci-fi life/death situations and brief strong language'. I had to sign a permission slip. There was no way they would approve Brokeback without at least a permission slip.

I would suggest that the parents file a child abuse complaint against the teacher and the school district given the movie is rated 'R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence'. Heck, sue the teacher's union also.

Ah, substitute teachers. G... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Ah, substitute teachers. Geniuses, all.

Something seems fishy about... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Something seems fishy about this story. It just doesn't seem realistic and it unless more info comes out, it certainly doesn't seem to be any hidden homo agenda of the Chicago school system. I mean come on, it was one showing to a single 8th grade class.

The info about the grandparents already confronting the school board and such suggests there is more to this story that we haven't heard.

If true, why would a sub and a principal risk their careers just to show a dumb movie?

I don't think that the cont... (Below threshold)

I don't think that the content of most serious R rated movies are all that bad. Only the R rated horror or soft semiporn stuff like the AMERICAN PIE garbage gets sort of rough. But a lot of excellent films carry the R rating these days, and many will play basic cable in a slightly edited form for language, etc.

Whether this particular film is appropriate for an 8th grade class might be a question of whether the content is relevant to the classroom work or not. But SCHINDLER's LIST and many other great films carry an R rating.

So I take it Ms. Buford is ... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

So I take it Ms. Buford is a lesbian and she took it upon herself to show a gay cowboy movie to kids.

How pathetic. The gay agenda is going after younger and younger kids in their attempt to normalize their behavior.

Why should children have to be exposed to this shit so that gays can feel better about themselves?

I hope the teachers & school get sued big time. The fallout should set the gay agenda back for a short time.

Can anyone say Private Schools?

Hey Billbob, why don't you ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Hey Billbob, why don't you send your kids to a private Catholic school? What could possible go wrong with all those priests watching out for your kids?

Or trolling for her ephebop... (Below threshold)
kim:

Or trolling for her ephebophilic boyfriend, more likely than lesbian. What else has she taught? Discovery might be interesting.
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Hey Billbob, why don't y... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Hey Billbob, why don't you send your kids to a private Catholic school? What could possible go wrong with all those priests watching out for your kids?

I do Barney, albeit not a Catholic one. Anything to keep my kids away from incompetent teachers, gay activists, legislators like Barney Frank.

I take it you like the idea of school teachers pressing the thoughts that homosexual behavior is normal and good into your kids psyche. It must have happened to you at an early age too.

I for one, will not tolerate manipulating children's values & morals from activist school teachers. It's bad enough that they can't teach the three R's, but they sure can read "Why Sally has Two Moms" to the kindergarten kids.

Billybob, in Jr High I was ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Billybob, in Jr High I was taught about Aztec sacrifice rituals, African cannibalism, celibacy and homosexuality in ancient Rome and Greece (didn't the founding fathers model our society based on the Romans and the Greeks?) in history religion and literature classes. By your standards I should be eating dicks and sacrificing virgins.

Have you ever noticed that ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Have you ever noticed that all of Barney2000's posts are of a
smirky, sneering nature?

By your standards I shou... (Below threshold)
mantis:

By your standards I should be eating dicks and sacrificing virgins.

Here you go, Barn. Can't help you with the virgins.

Surely you gobbled figgy pu... (Below threshold)
kim:

Surely you gobbled figgy pudding along with goober peas in your youth.
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Gee Barney, THOSE are our o... (Below threshold)
SAHMmy:

Gee Barney, THOSE are our only choices? Pro-gay substitute teachers attempting to normalize homosexuality or ephebophilic Catholic priests attempting to sodomize little boys? Both of those examples are bizarre events, and both are entirely unacceptable behaviors by teachers.

mantis, actual I just got b... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

mantis, actual I just got back home from this:

www.wausaudailyherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/20070511/WDH0101/70511120/1981

Billybob, in Jr High I w... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Billybob, in Jr High I was taught about Aztec sacrifice rituals, African cannibalism, celibacy and homosexuality in ancient Rome and Greece

Yeah, and after those advanced interpretive courses, it was Differential Equations, then Fluid Mechanics and then recess! We must have gone to the same Jr. High.

BarneyG obviously does not ... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

BarneyG obviously does not have any children, just like Barney Frank, but he must be a genius at fluid mechanics. Would you happen to be a member of NAMBLA?

Kim, I was 12 in 8th grade.... (Below threshold)

Kim, I was 12 in 8th grade.

My son's middle school s... (Below threshold)
Taltos:

My son's middle school science class watched "The Core" after the standardized testing. It was mostly decompress, but the students were supposed to identify all the 'bad science' in the movie.

There's good science in The Core?

Oh, sure, O, it's possible,... (Below threshold)
kim:

Oh, sure, O, it's possible, even fairly common, but, if these were 8th graders it is deceptive to call them 12 and 13 year olds. Not of very much import, either way, but, there it is.
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Here you go, Barn. Can't... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Here you go, Barn. Can't help you with the virgins

Well, Spotted Dick is made with currants or raisins...

...and the "72 virgins" of Islamic folklore may have been a mistranslation of "raisin".

So, I think you HAVE helped him with both.

And if you liked the Spotte... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

And if you liked the Spotted Dick, you should taste the Faggots.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(food)

There's good science in ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

There's good science in The Core?

Well, there was...um...okay...

Well, compared to "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Loose Change", it was like watching "Cosmos".

What a dilemna for Kookdom:... (Below threshold)
Wieder:

What a dilemna for Kookdom: hatred of homosexuality vs. frivolous lawsuits.

Homeschool, anyone?... (Below threshold)

Homeschool, anyone?

Down under raisins fly.<br ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Down under raisins fly.
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