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:: Sunday, April 06, 2003 ::
Public School Education Indoctrination For the record, I'm not saying that merely showing the film is indoctrination. I just wanted to get that out of the way.
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 antiwar 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 antigun and antiviolence theme. While accepting this year's Oscar for Best Documentary, Moore expressed his disdain for President Bush and the war with Iraq. Principal Andrew Fila said the documentary sent the wrong message while troops are fighting overseas. English department head Jane Balesta said McKeen began showing the movie to open up dialogue among his students.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the teacher's idea of "dialogue" doesn't include views differing than Michael Moore's rhetoric.