teacher shows brokeback mountain to 12 year old elementary class

  1. Hi there!
    This has become a heated topic in my area, due to the subject matter and all the issues surrounding it. I have included the Chicago Sun Times story, and I am curious what your views are. I am still shakin' my head trying to reconcile what this movie had to do with elementary education???
    Is it any wonder some of our children cannot read, write, or do a math problem???
    Jmho.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/educati...roke13.article
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    it shows poor judgement
    these kids could not walk up to a movie theater and buy a ticket
    what was she trying to teach them?
    she knew it was wrong when she said 'what happens in this classroom stays in the classroom'
    she was s substitute who didn't want to do any work and so she let them kil a couple of hours watching a movie
  4. by   nursemary9
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    it shows poor judgement
    these kids could not walk up to a movie theater and buy a ticket
    what was she trying to teach them?
    she knew it was wrong when she said 'what happens in this classroom stays in the classroom'
    she was s substitute who didn't want to do any work and so she let them kil a couple of hours watching a movie

    I agree with you--but couldn't she have shown something just a bit more appropriate!!

    I'd sure be ticked off if that was my child.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    This makes me angry - my daughter is a junior in high school and I have to sign permission slips for movies shown in classes - especially "R" rated.

    What would be the point of showing this? The sexual acts are pretty graphic. Heterosexual or homosexual - this doesn't belong in an elementary school.

    steph
  6. by   Soup Turtle
    lol...at least she didn't tell the kids there was a shooter in the school and make them all cry and hide under their desks thinking they were going to die....where do they find some of these teachers???
  7. by   muffie
    wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong:trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout: :trout:
  8. by   Tweety
    Hopefully the point was to teach how harmful homophobia can be, and the personal cost gay people pay.

    I agree that it was wrong to show the movie. However, it's way too graphic and mature for 12-year olds to be shown without parental permission.
    They surely knew this would be the end result. Any intelligent person with a brain would be able to figure out if they shows a movie like this a lawsuit would result.

    However, this girl who needed counseling probably wasn't wrapped too tight to begin with in my not so humble opinoin. They're (the parents and the lawyer) are being dramatic. It's an academy award nominee.

    But they have a case.
  9. by   UM Review RN
    Good grief, what a stupid thing to do!

    I saw it, I'm an adult, and it haunts me.

    How did this idiot teacher think it would affect a young kid? However angry I might be if the movie was shown in my young child's class, I would still not feel it necessary to sue the school. I would rather assume that if the child was that upset, I would have to think that the child had personal issues that needed to be addressed that the film may have brought to light.
  10. by   CRNI-ICU20
    Thanks you guys for the great feedback.
    Sometimes it just slays me what some people will do in the name of education. I am thankful for those who took the time and effort to actually teach me what I needed to know so that I could accomplish all that I have. It's so sad that many of our kids will not have this opportunity because there are some in teaching who have no soul about their work.
    I am also thankful I work in such a profession that embraces life learning. Next year, I plan to devote some of my time at the library to help others learn to read....helping someone overcome illiteracy seems to be a way to combat idiocy.
    My heart really goes out to these kids who get cheated out of needed time in their classroom. Blessings to you....crni
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It was an excellent movie however , I am....Shocked. Disgusted. Floored. So wrong on so many levels. Oh yes, they would be hearing from ME, no doubt.
  12. by   canoehead
    Even if you make a case that it's an important issue to discuss those kids were too young.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from canoehead
    Even if you make a case that it's an important issue to discuss those kids were too young.
    Exactly - I'd even venture to say high school students don't need to see this at school.

    Do we show R rated movies in sex ed class so kids will know how to do "it"?

    What is the point of showing the sex? Can we not discuss homophobia, period?

    steph
  14. by   donsterRN
    I simply cannot imagine the thought processes of that teacher. I just do not understand what the teacher was trying to accomplish. The film, although brilliantly conceived, acted and photographed, is not for children. And I agree with Steph; it's probably not appropriate for most high schoolers.

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