I don't know how things are now but a little over a decade ago in an 7th grade Earth science class me and all the other students showed up a little early. There was a TV in the corner of the classroom meant for showing school news but this time there was a news channel on covering recent events in the Middle East. Some students debated on the current events and a little while later the teacher came in and turned it off even when it was a couple of minutes before class "officially" started. His justification was that we are kids and we are not interested in it. And the kicker was this was a retired military guy who served in Vietnam. This was a junior high school in suburban America. In this school most students were obsessed with "popularity", "athletics", and "dating". The teachers loved shows like 24 and books by Tom Clancy. We were shown movies like Rudy and Stand and Deliver. We watched a cheesy documentary meant to discourage youth from joining gangs. I did have a cool very intelligent teacher who immigrated from India who asked me if I saw Avatar the Last Airbender. Imagine how shocked these teachers and students knew an high achieving highly athletic student who wanted to become a military officer or scientist who loved shows like Babylon 5 or Battlestar Galactica. Why are we so afraid or intimidated when students express interest in serious adult topics like war or politics? Why do we discourage students when they show interest in intellectual subjects? Just because a human being is a middle or high school student they have to watch Disney Channel or CW teen soap operas rather than Babylon 5 or BSG and they have to aspire to be jocks and supermodels than military officers or scientists?