Tuesday, June 08, 2004

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As a professional educator, I can not imagine showing a video such as the Berg beheading. As a parent, I would be furious at any teacher who put my child in a position where they had to make a choice whether or not to watch such a video.

Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to watch R rated movies without the consent of a parent. Movies are rated for violence, language, and sexual content. A video showing someone losing their head definitely falls under the extreme violent category. Children are not considered by law to be able to give a teacher permission to call their grades aloud in class; therefore, why would a teacher think the child was by law old enough to make the decision to watch a video that would be considered R rated.

We all make mistakes--personally and professionally. However, as educators we are responsible for the well being of our students--emotional and physical--during the time they are attending school. We do not have the right to make decisions that are the responsibility of the parents. Nor do we have the right to ask our students to make adult decisions that should be guided by their parents. Teachers must remember, the teacher is the adult in the classroom.

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