POLL: Do Sexually Suggestive Movies Belong in District 86 Classrooms?
The topic has been in the limelight since a Hinsdale South parent filed a curriculum objection over the showing of "American Beauty" and "Brokeback Mountain" in a Film as Literature course.
Do controversial movies that include adult topics and racy scenes belong in a high school classroom?
That question is being asked around District 86 after a recent curriculum objection was filed by a Hinsdale South parent upset about the showing of "American Beauty" and "Brokeback Mountain" in a Film as Literature elective class.
Burr Ridge resident and father of two Victor Casini brought the issue to the board's attention at its Sept. 10 District 86 Board of Education meeting, saying he was shocked when he looked at his son’s Film as Literature course syllabus recently and saw that the class would be viewing, among other films, “American Beauty” and “Brokeback Mountain.”
Casini called the films "highly controversial" because of their sexual imagery and obscenity.
Superintendent Nick Wahl acknowledged the objection in a statement sent out last week, and has said the movies will remain on the syllabus as the objection process runs its course.
Wahl said the Hinsdale South principal Brian Waterman approved of each film selection in the class, which is open to juniors and seniors, and parents of students in the course were required to sign a permission slip to allow their child to watch the films.
"All parents of students in this class have provided informed consent by signing the permission slip that allows for their child to watch the movies identified in the syllabus of Films as Literature," Wahl said.
The Hinsdale Police Department is currently monitoring emails sent to District 86 on the topic to make sure nothing threatening is sent.
So what do you think?
Is a permission slip, and the fact that Art in Literature is an elective class, enough to show these movies? Should these R-rated movies be shown only in all-senior classes? Should they not be shown at all?
Vote in our poll below and then expand on your opinion in our comment section!