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Re: Sex in the classroom

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 17:32:21 -0400 (EDT)

Sex in the classroom? Maybe in the bathroom, or on the bus, but you West
Coast folks sure are open minded! Okay, for real, now. We have an
approval process for all films shown in the county--and for good reason.
(At least so I've heard.)
Even some of the art flicks on the approved list show more skin than I
want to deal with in Middle school. If the information in the film is
worthwhile, sometimes I'll preface it with "This is a test of your maturity."
If nothing else, they stay awake, looking for the good stuff. It sure
isn't any worse than MTV or the daytime soaps. I try to weigh the value
of the film against my willingness to explain why it isn't smutty if it's
art--and why I don't want to see "inappropriate" art from them. It would
be nice, though, if the producers could edit for elementary and middle
school audiences. Of course that brings up the issue of censorship, but
sometimes we have to be pragmatic. Later