An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 2, 2007

I’m Confused! Again!

Filed under: Education — olbroad @ 3:13

Today’s educators are confusing the hell out of me.

Teacher Punished for Slavery Film Clip

FORT WORTH, Texas — An elementary school teacher was disciplined for showing her fifth-graders parts of the R-rated film “Amistad” during a lesson on slavery.

If you’ve seen Amistad, you know it’s a terrific and terrifying movie about the ugly reality of slavery. I don’t think it’s a good thing for fifth graders to watch the entire movie, it’s a tad too graphic, but small parts could be quite useful to help teach kids about this horror in our nation’s history.

“Amistad,” released in 1997 and starring Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins, is based on the true story of the 1839 revolt by Africans aboard the slave ship Amistad and the ensuing court case against them.

So, let me get this straight. Teachers can indoctrinate students to be anti G-d, anti American, etc., but they can’t teach truth? Like I said, I’m seriously confused.



  1. Not only is Amistad NOT inappropriate, it should be required viewing in my opinion. One of the 10 best Movies I have ever seen. If a teacher could put together a unit incorporating this film along with Roots it would be a hell of a class.

    Comment by Sean — February 2, 2007 @ 5:31

  2. I don’t know about you, but I cried through most of that movie. :/

    I agree, it should required watching for all students, along with Roots. Although, I don’t think fifth graders should be required to watch the entire movie. Wouldn’t it be a bit much for kids that age?

    Comment by olbroad — February 2, 2007 @ 5:55

  3. 5th graders? NO… 8th and up i think should see it..

    Comment by brat — February 2, 2007 @ 7:54

  4. 5th would be too young to appreciate the film…8th and above would be best

    Comment by Sean — February 2, 2007 @ 9:07

  5. But yet a movie called “That’s a Family” about homosexaul families (which I have no problem with) can be shown to THIRD GRADERS. Sorry, saw it on O’Reilly so I don’t have a link. If you are going to show “social engineering” films then you can show Amistad which is historical and shows how racism is wrong.

    Comment by rosettaresearch — February 2, 2007 @ 10:41

  6. Totally innapropriate for 8 year olds! (I saw it too 🙂 )

    Comment by olbroad — February 2, 2007 @ 10:45

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