Thursday, November 17, 2005

This is Bullshit...

Uproar Over Firing of Teacher Who Showed R-Rated Film

The screening of an Oscar-nominated movie about the life of Queen Elizabeth I to students in an advanced class on British literature has resulted in the forced resignation of an admired teacher in the Atlanta suburb of South Gwinnett. On Tuesday, students in Ed Youngblood's class mounted a protest. "If 'First comes learning' is true, why do you get rid of the guy who holds that motto the best?" one senior in the class told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Public Schools told reporters that Youngblood chose to resign after he was told that an investigation had begun into the screening of the R-rated film, 1998's Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett in the title role. "Mr. Youngblood did not ask for a local review of the film prior to showing it, nor did he allow parents the option of opting their students out of the viewing," she told the Gwinnett Daily Post. Youngblood, who had taught at the school for 37 years, said that he was given five minutes to choose between resigning or being fired. "I didn't think about it being R-rated," Youngblood said. "It's such a good movie." (Besides receiving seven Oscar nominations, including best picture, Elizabeth also won the BAFTA award for best British Film, a best actress award for Blanchett and a supporting-actor award for Geoffrey Rush.)

IMHO, Cate Blanchett was robbed of the Best Actress Oscar by that silly blonde in that other movie.


Blogger Spider said...

Stuff like this just makes my blood boil... since when has a teacher had to have a local review of a film - if that is the case, then every crappy movie kids are shown from K-12 needs to be reviewed before they are shown... yea right - THAT will happen. The guy need a good attorney and need to sue the shit out of the schoolboard.

Now I remember why I got out of public education...

11/17/2005 8:48 AM  
Blogger cola boy said...

A sad state of affairs. Those students will lose out on so much because a good teacher was trying to teach them something useful.

11/17/2005 11:59 AM  

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