Languag in movies shown in class?

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by ScubaSteve, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 15, 2013

    Language in movies shown in class?

    What is considered acceptable for showing portions of movies in your high-school classes? I'd like to show a portion of a PG rated film that has about 7 instances of foul language. Aside from that, the film has excellent educational and cinematic value. Your thoughts?

    EDIT: I see the "e" key on my keyboard was sticking when I typed the title. Oops. Time for a new keyboard.
     
  2.  
  3. mathmagic

    mathmagic Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Messages:
    2,418
    Likes Received:
    1,172

    Dec 15, 2013

    Hell no! (Sorry, couldn't resist. :p )

    Does your high school have some kind of permission form that can be sent home to parents, or can you develop one? If you aren't 100% sure if the language would make it acceptable or not with parents, just send home and have them sign the form saying either yes it is okay, or no, I'd rather have my kid do an alternate activity.
     
  4. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,468
    Likes Received:
    2,485

    Dec 15, 2013

    This is a question best suited for school site administration.
     
  5. i8myhomework

    i8myhomework Comrade

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2010
    Messages:
    290
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 15, 2013

    It's high school. Most of them have seen porn by now. I highly doubt any of them would be bothered by a few cuss words.

    But really check with admin and run it by them.
     
  6. RadiantBerg

    RadiantBerg Cohort

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2013
    Messages:
    618
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 15, 2013

    We have to get all video clips and things approved by the department head. Do the same to cover yourself just in case.
     
  7. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,261
    Likes Received:
    457

    Dec 16, 2013

    I teach a film elective, and anything rated PG is fair game. I m ali e sure if I show a clip from a PG-13 movie, that the clip itself would be rated PG. With language, it depends on the word.
     
  8. SpecialPreskoo

    SpecialPreskoo Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    4,993
    Likes Received:
    382

    Dec 16, 2013

    What movie is it? That might help in deciding.

    When I was in HS they showed the movie 1776. It had a few cuss words in it. The P got over the intercom because the kids were making such a goofy fuss over it (laughing, gasping, etc.) and told them basically to grow up, be quiet, watch the movie or he'd turn it off and we could all go back to class and do work. We shut up and watched the movie. LOL
     
  9. dgpiaffeteach

    dgpiaffeteach Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    3,224
    Likes Received:
    147

    Dec 16, 2013

    Depends on the language. Some of the literature I teach has bad language in it-Night, Macbeth, Canterbury Tales, TKAM, etc...
     
  10. physteach

    physteach Companion

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    201
    Likes Received:
    24

    Dec 16, 2013

    I teach students who are all over the age of 13 and our general guideline is PG13 and lower because they have hit that age.
     
  11. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,340
    Likes Received:
    1,473

    Dec 16, 2013

    Agreed. I'm teaching To Kill a Mockingbird and am using all the language as written in the book because students need to understand the point of view of each character. This is sanctioned by the school, but we have a written explanation of why we have made this decision and why it isn't appropriate language outside of the book and the movie we'll screen afterward.

    That being said, I've taught "The Wife of Bath's Tale" several times, including using an illustrated video, but have never touched the Prologue. The students can handle the rape at the beginning, and they can handle the bedroom scene at the end. They cannot handle The Wife explaining the power and magnificence of her... lady bits. :blush: It's a total shame, because it's a fascinating text.
     
  12. Irishdave

    Irishdave Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    12

    Dec 18, 2013

    I used to use "October Sky" in my classes but it did not adhere to the district guidelines so I was able to get a cleaned up copy that did adhere to the district guidelines.
    The company who did it can not do it anymore, they got a cease and disdain order from a movie company, it was owned by People who were Mormon.
     
  13. Irishdave

    Irishdave Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,007
    Likes Received:
    12

    Dec 18, 2013

    To Kill a Mockingbird is A great book and movie I used it one summer as a vehicle for a writing class in summer school. I had the book and books on tape and the movie I use the three forms of input to get the students to write. I tell you it was a lot of work for me. It took a lot of panning time each and everyday.
     
  14. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 19, 2013

    I would LOVE to get a clean copy of October Sky. It's such an excellent movie. Darn, I wish it was still available.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 177 (members: 0, guests: 155, robots: 22)
test