May 14, 2007

American education going troppo

I hate to say it, but there are more than a few drongos teaching the little kiddies of America.

First up, a group of 12 year olds were show the film Brokeback Mountain in class. The purpose of the showing 12 year olds an R rated film isn’t specified. Was it purely recreational, or was there an assignment afterwards?

One of the little girls and her grandparents are suing for damages.

Next up, we have teachers subjecting little kiddies to a pretend gun attack, all the while telling the kiddies that it’s not a drill. The distraught and crying children, hiding under their desks, were aged 11 years.


  1. "I was like, 'Oh My God'," she said. "At first I thought I was going to die. We flipped out."

    Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action, but said the situation "involved poor judgment".

    Hmmm, I'm less worried about the mental state of the kid here than the principal. The kid resorts to a weird quasi-Paris Hilton type vocabulary, but she expresses herself pretty well all the same. Principal Catherine Stephens, on the other hand, is pure bureaucrat, regurgitating all the 'right' words and phrases without ever seeming to realise the incredible wrongness of the situation.


  2. It must be a global thing Tim, amongst school principals.

    In very recent times there was a run of reporting about sexual assaults being carried out by little 'uns, in one particular school, repeat offenders too. The principal in that instance was very crisp in their insistence that all had been dealt with in a trice and there was nothing whatsoever to be concerned about. Indeed, no harm had been done, tra. lah, lah, lah, lah. Don't know how well that went down with numerous parents who ended up moving their children to new schools (something one is not wont to do lightly, as a parent).

    It’s becoming a very common thing: school principals blithely insisting “nothing to see here”. It’s a disturbing.

  3. Very kind of you to drop by Cassandra.

    I do hope your book does well, beautifully argued, from the extracts I've seen.

    Unfortunately though, people have very short memories (why else would we need 3 new self-help books published every five minutes?). You could carve out a permanent career updating the key message every few years, for those who insist on forgetting.

  4. Anonymous10:17 PM

    The drongo that allowed her class to watch that "R" rated movie, even tried to coerce the students into keeping THAT fact quiet.

    I wonder why????

    She had no permission from parents or guardians but took it upon herself to make the decision!

    This is a good example of why parents should be vigilant and vet
    all literature, movies etc.. That their children are coming into contact with.

    These sorts of things happen in Australia too!

  5. MY god what fucking twit seriously thought it was a good idea to tell children they were under attack by a gun weilding maniac! In-fucking-sane!

  6. Anonymous8:26 AM

    Mmmm, they probably died of boredom. Brokeback Mountain is a good film, but it true Ang Lee style it moves at the pace of a snail. I think it was M rated down here, which I think means you have to be 16 or above to watch it. Last night I watched a very silly cartoon called Queer Duck, perhaps they could have shown them that.

  7. Interesting Darlene, I thought the film lived up to the hype and excellent acting (the only time I've seen Ledger really act - who knew he had it in him, so to speak).

    I almost invariably loath over-hyped films, as in, I am so disappointed that it annoys the hell out of me.

    Not so in this case.

    I waited until it came out on DVD, and then delayed the inevitable.

    I was greatly surprised when I finally saw it. Incredibly well done, but, not at all suitable for kiddies.

  8. Anonymous9:41 PM

    Funny you should say that about Ledger , Caz. I thought he was quite good in that movie too.


    Never thought he was much chop before though.

  9. Anonymous8:48 AM

    I think the pace it moves out would be fine for adults, but for kids, they'd die of boredom before they even got to the homosexual sex. It was a good film, but yes not for kiddies. I haven't seen Ledger in much (didn't he start on Home and Away?). I did see him in a movie called Blackrock, but that was quite an offensive take on a real-life murder. He was quite wooden in it.