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Principal stops screening of [Michael Moore] documentary for what he says is anti-war message
AP via Boston.com ^ | 04/05/2003

Posted on 04/05/2003 4:11:11 PM PST by GeneD

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:09:27 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

LYNN, Mass. (AP) The principal of Lynn English High School stopped a teacher from showing the Oscar-winning documentary ''Bowling for Columbine,'' saying it was inappropriate because it contains anti-war messages.

English teacher Jeremy McKeen showed 17- and 18-year-old students the movie, which was directed and produced by Michael Moore and released well before the war in Iraq began. The movie has a strong anti-gun and anti-violence theme. While accepting this year's Oscar for Best Documentary, Moore expressed his disdain for President Bush and the war with Iraq.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
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1 posted on 04/05/2003 4:11:12 PM PST by GeneD
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To: GeneD
This is what passes for curriculum in English classes, which is why we homeschool.
2 posted on 04/05/2003 4:14:08 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ;)
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To: GeneD
High schoool kids get enough left wing cr_p without watching this guy's Anti-American garbage.
3 posted on 04/05/2003 4:15:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (Remember the 507th!)
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To: GeneD
True, in theory schools are a place where ideas are exchanged. In reality, government schools are socialist training camps where only "politically correct" ideas are discussed.
4 posted on 04/05/2003 4:15:13 PM PST by Commander8
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To: GeneD
Someone should produce a companion movie to Bowling for Columbine and use it, along with BFC, to teach students how movies and media can manipulate the truth.
5 posted on 04/05/2003 4:16:11 PM PST by supercat (TAG--you're it!)
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To: GeneD
The producer is also an anti-war person as well.

The producer is also a leftist anti-American traitor scumbag.

6 posted on 04/05/2003 4:16:12 PM PST by samtheman
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To: GeneD
The principal of Lynn English High School stopped a teacher from showing the Oscar-winning documentary ''Bowling for Columbine,'' saying it was inappropriate because it contains anti-war messages.

The one question that should pop out to you is why a movie is being shown at all to high school students during class time (much less one that is produced by a far left ideolouge?) Doesn't that just speak volumes about the state of education in this country? But other than that question "Bowling for Columbine" is full of lies and deciets and should have been disqualified even for consideration of an Oscar under the Academy's own rules and definition of what constitutesa a documentary film. The film is a fiction from beginning to end.

7 posted on 04/05/2003 4:17:37 PM PST by Burkeman1 (i)
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To: BenLurkin
The whole idea of "Opening their minds" by introducing them to hard-core liberal propaganda calls this teachers credentials into question. They do not belong in schools. Teachers should have to swear an oath not to play this game.
8 posted on 04/05/2003 4:17:46 PM PST by max_rpf
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To: GeneD
The left basks in propaganda and misinformation.

The head of the english dept. thinks it's "wonderful".

No wonder kids are coming out of school hating America and its values.

9 posted on 04/05/2003 4:20:21 PM PST by Bullish
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To: GeneD
"I don't know where the problem is. We are a school. This is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?"

Well, just assign them some American Nazi Party stuff to read, hand out some Ku Klux Klan brochures, and show them "Triumph of Will." What would be the problem? They are a school. It is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?

Yeah, right. Only if it is radical left-wing propaganda is it OK. Thank you NEA.

10 posted on 04/05/2003 4:20:22 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty" not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: GeneD
"It does have anti-violence and anti-war messages but he was using it to open up the minds of his senior students,'' she said. ''He stopped the movie and talked about
it. I don't know where the problem is. We are a school. This is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?"

I take it that this 'teacher' has previously shown Riefenstahl's 'Triumph of the Will' or D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation'? Those films would certainly present messages and ideas that might open up minds of his students.

What profound liars these travelers are. Lie. Lie. Lie. English my *ss. Russian is more like it.
11 posted on 04/05/2003 4:20:42 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Defund NPR, PBS and the LSC.)
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To: GeneD
Perhaps it would have been better if it was shown on "Current Events" day in history class.

I don't know what it has to do with English 101, however. English seems to be a catch-all subject today -- everything from sexual orientation to whatever.

Whatever happened to the Great Books?
12 posted on 04/05/2003 4:21:57 PM PST by ladylib
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To: GeneD
I don't know where the problem is. We are a school. This is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?

People always say things like this when there aren't any ideas actually being exchanged. They say it when one person is pushing some ideological piece of trash.
13 posted on 04/05/2003 4:22:43 PM PST by July 4th
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To: Jeff Chandler
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if none of those kids had ever heard of Shakespeare.
14 posted on 04/05/2003 4:27:25 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Burkeman1
I agree...Michael Moore made a movie with huge lies! The Oscar should be taken aways from him!
15 posted on 04/05/2003 4:28:27 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: GeneD
These queer-loving, tree-hugging, ballet-watching, Volvo-driving, Elton John-listening Marxists can't wait for our kids to get to college before they try to corrupt their minds. Someday, somewhere the father of a student is going to get his fill and lay a cudgel on the skull of one of these fifth columnists. Words of warning mean nothing to these rebellious mongrels.
16 posted on 04/05/2003 4:31:41 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
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To: Arpege92
..or maybe the catagory should be changed from documentary to fiction.
17 posted on 04/05/2003 4:31:56 PM PST by Zipporah
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To: GeneD
Our phone number is...... (781) 477-7366

Our fax number is...... (781) 477-7365

18 posted on 04/05/2003 4:32:09 PM PST by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: Paul Atreides; Jeff Chandler
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if none of those kids had ever heard of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare?! Shakespeare?! That Eurocentric trash?! Now, if you want your kids to really learn something valuable, might I suggest a healthy dose of Afro-American studies? The study of our multicultural diversity is the key to a more sophisticated, better educated and more productive working class!

19 posted on 04/05/2003 4:37:05 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
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To: Paul Atreides
Precisely. I agree. English class is where you should be exposed to classic literature, not film.

I'm also amazed at how quickly these so-called teachers include works in the canon. You have to give a novel at least 50 years to see if it's going to survive before you make it required reading in a classroom setting. To that end, Toni Morrison should still be merely a curiosity.

I'm sure these kids barely know Shakespeare.

20 posted on 04/05/2003 4:41:51 PM PST by Neever
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To: ladylib
Whatever happened to the Great Books?

Today, those would include Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate.

21 posted on 04/05/2003 4:50:13 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Plus de fromage, s'il vous plait...)
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To: Neever
Is it Toni or Tony?

http://63.220.28.231/booksal.html

Just scroll down the page until you come to "Beloved." She isn't just a curiosity. She's a pornographer. Her books are on high school reading lists. That thing with the cows -- I'll never drink a glass of milk again.

What pretentious garbage.
22 posted on 04/05/2003 4:57:21 PM PST by ladylib
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To: GeneD
Michael Moore: A blubber-insulated food tube, producing noxious emissions from both ends.
23 posted on 04/05/2003 4:58:21 PM PST by rimmont
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To: GeneD
This is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?''

If those ideas are the "correct" ideas and not the "opinion" of a liberal/socialist/ teachers union indoctrinator.


24 posted on 04/05/2003 5:01:42 PM PST by unixfox (Close the borders, problem solved !)
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To: GeneD
When I was in high school, we never saw Hollywood movies in the classroom. Why is that happening now? I think it's a combination of liberal indoctrination and teachers being too lazy or hung over to actually teach something. It's a lot easier to just sit the tykes in front of the TV and read a book.
25 posted on 04/05/2003 5:02:00 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: GeneD
"This is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?"

Yeah, right. Try exchanging some politically conservative ideas and see how far you get. You'll probably get arrested or sued for a hate-crime.

26 posted on 04/05/2003 5:04:01 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
With all the liberal indoctrination going on in government schools, I'd like to know if the students can spell the word, documentary?
27 posted on 04/05/2003 5:23:45 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: GeneD
''He stopped the movie and talked about it. I don't know where the problem is. We are a school. This is a place where ideas are exchanged, right?''

Actually, that could be good if he stopped it a few key points, like just before Charlton Heston's speech, and asked students to look closely at the curtain before which Heston was speaking.

28 posted on 04/05/2003 5:28:29 PM PST by supercat (TAG--you're it!)
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To: *Mass_List
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29 posted on 04/05/2003 5:32:10 PM PST by AStack75
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To: Commander8
Only too true. I'm in my last semester, and after 4 looong years of being the only conservative in most of my classes, I'm glad its over!!! I've thought about graduate school (even considered law school for a few fleeting minutes) but I've decided there is no way I'd survive it w/o killing a liberal or two.
30 posted on 04/05/2003 5:38:05 PM PST by pooh fan
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To: GeneD
not to mention that it severely distorts reality (see FrontPageMagazine.com)
31 posted on 04/05/2003 6:06:10 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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Actually, that could be good if he stopped it a few key points, like just before Charlton Heston's speech, and asked students to look closely at the curtain before which Heston was speaking.

<feeble joke alert>
It would be funny to have Michael Moore attend a screening in which a conservative had control of the PA system. He'd invite the audience to take note of the backdrop behind Charlton Heston, whereupon Michael Moore would yell out:

"Pay no attention to the curtain behind the man!"
</feeble joke alert>
32 posted on 04/05/2003 6:42:39 PM PST by supercat (TAG--you're it!)
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To: Neever; O.C. - Old Cracker
Oh yeah, it is so much more important for the kids to read "I Know Why The Closeted Fag Lisps" and other such drivel.
33 posted on 04/05/2003 7:02:24 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: rimmont
"Michael Moore: A blubber-insulated food tube, producing noxious emissions from both ends."

The winner of the Strunk & White award!

Possibly the most concise essay I've ever read on FR, too. Beautiful, just beautiful.
34 posted on 04/06/2003 7:24:06 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Defund NPR, PBS and the LSC.)
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To: ladylib
I don't know what it has to do with English 101, however. English seems to be a catch-all subject today -- everything from sexual orientation to whatever.

English 101 used to be about the nuts-and-bolts of writing, covering such topics as sentence structure, paragraph development, and the like. Apparently, that is no longer true.

35 posted on 04/06/2003 7:34:04 AM PDT by meyer (how do I turn this thing off?)
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To: All
Rather than bloviating about "socialist indoctrination" and "reasons to homeschool", shouldn't this thread be about praising this principal for doing the right thing and giving needed support?
36 posted on 04/06/2003 7:36:56 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine (going into an election campaign without the paleocons is like going to war without the French)
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Rather than bloviating about "socialist indoctrination" and "reasons to homeschool", shouldn't this thread be about praising this principal for doing the right thing and giving needed support?

Good point - the principal did the right thing. But one must ask whether the principal would have forbidden the propaganda film from being shown had it not been for the war. I suspect not.

Perhaps if one were to write to the school, one might both commend the principal's actions and gently remind him that "documentaries" based on falshoods and half-truths aren't of great educational value unless the purpose of education is to hide the truth. Perhaps a few citations to actual research might be convincing as well.

37 posted on 04/06/2003 7:44:20 AM PDT by meyer (how do I turn this thing off?)
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To: GeneD
As long as Ann Coulter's Slander is also on the school curriculum.

But that won't happen, right?

The Left cannot be debated, convinced or persuaded.

It can only be vanquished.

38 posted on 04/06/2003 7:54:47 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (To smash the ugly face of Socialism is our mission)
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