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.


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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