This is sort of a combined question. I am currently taking a class called "Intro to Diversity" where we are taught that we as future teachers are required to teach about different people, races, religions, sexualities, etc. In my high school we were taught plenty about other people, races, and religions, but not once were we ever introduced to anything that dealt with sexuality. I had two "gay" (they referred to themselves that way) friends and they were teased on some occasions, but for the most part not. That had a lot to do with the fact that we were all in honors and AP courses together with the more "mature" students. After just watching the Glee episode "Never Been Kissed" I realized there are plenty of people out there that are fearful of coming out and if there was more education about it, it would be easier for them. I began to research for books that I might try to read and see if they would work, I found plenty, although most had numerous sex scenes (not exactly what I was going for). I finally found Brokeback Mountain. No I have not read it yet, so yes it could contain sex scenes, but all the others advertised the sex scenes on the back cover! I began to think that having a class read Brokeback Mountain (depending on how it is written) and then watch the movie, like we did all too often at my high school and write a comparative analysis of the two. Now, here are my questions. I seen in a post that a teacher was being sued for showing the movie Brokeback Mountain (to 8th graders), I was thinking this would be a junior/senior topic. Are there any teachers that you know of that have read Brokeback Mountain in class? Any other suggestions for literature on sexuality that would be appropriate? Also, when I was in high school, our teachers would hand us a form and tell us to give it to our parents. If our parents did not want us to watch the film they were to sign it and have us bring it back for an alternate assignment. If our parents were okay with us watching the movie we did not have to bring the form back. This struck me as odd the first time it happened to me in 9th grade. Of course, none of us even took the form home! Is this how it works in all high schools? I know my high school was wrong in many ways, I'll describe more at the bottom of this if you're interested in knowing, but I'll finish my questions first. If you are planning on showing a film rated PG and up do you need to have parents fill out a consent form and bring it back, or does everything just slide in high school because the students are old enough? ----------------------------------------------------------------- This part is about my high school, only for those who are interested. From what I understand, all of these instances are considered wrong, if not illegal. -For our volleyball games, if we had a car, we had to drive ourselves to our games. If we did not have a car, we had to ride with our coaches in their personal vehicles. My parents never consented to this and were actually really angry when they found out. -For our volleyball banquets, we would all ride out to our coaches lake house and go tubing, jet sking, and sometimes even stay the night. -We were constantly shown movies that were rated over PG and our parents never had to sign a consent form. -We would hang out at night with some of our teachers at a local sports bar playing trivia. -I'm not sure how wrong this is, but my parents were upset. When you are a freshman at my high school you have to attend freshman orientation, usually with your parents. The student body puts on performances to illustrate what the clubs do and encourage you to sign up. Our cheerleaders did a pretty provocative dance to a rap song that involved many curse words. I didn't think much of it, but like I said, my parents were not happy. -On field trips, we would give our teacher our cell phone numbers and then agree to meet up at one particular spot at a specific time to go home. We didn't go on many field trips in high school, but most notably was Physics Day where a bunch of schools in Florida go to Busch Gardens for the day. -During lunch, we were allowed to stay with our teacher (I'm speaking of a specific teacher here) and we could play video games with him during our lunch period. I thought all this was normal, but just odd. However, I have a feeling my school was not normal. We were in North Florida (Jacksonville area). Are there any high school teachers from that area that have experience if this is the norm? Sorry this post was so long, I'm just really confused. Thanks in advance, for any and all answers!