Carol Platt Liebau: Inappropriate AND Revealing

Friday, January 27, 2006

Inappropriate AND Revealing

According to this AP report, a teacher was suspended for showing the R-rated movie "The 40 Year Old Virgin" during a high school Spanish class.

Let's set aside the most obvious question -- what, exactly, is a Spanish teacher doing, showing a movie during class?

Instead, let's focus on the movie itself. What does it say about our society that a high school student would find nothing inappropriate about suggesting a film like "Virgin" to a teacher for class viewing?

And what on earth -- what on earth -- was an instructor thinking when he accepted the suggestion? Isn't the title, "The 40 Year Old Virgin," something of a tip-off about the movie's content?

Seems to me the whole sorry episode echoes my point in this column.

2 Comments:

Blogger stackja1945 said...

Teachers need to be taught to teach and not to indoctrinate.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Dutiful dad said...

well, at least the message in the film is that abstinence is ok and waiting until you have a serious relationship (albeit,not quite marriage) is also OK.

1:51 AM  

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