Monday, April 16, 2012
Censorship in the classroom
In one of my other classes, we discussed the idea of censorship in the classroom. This topic brought up a lot of controversies in class. It seemed everyone had a different perspective of the matter. However, even with so many different opinions, the one that stood out to me the most was the comment made by Tim Plumberg. He said that we cannot truly even compare our responses because everyone’s idea of what is “good” or “bad” varies; we are all different places on the spectrum. He is absolutely right! We watched the latest Jennifer Lopez music video (it was rather racy) in class and there was a wide range of responses to it. The difference in thoughts on the video alone showed how differently we thought and even how different our morals may be. Like someone said in class, you never know where your students are coming from and what they have or have not been exposed to. In the classroom I feel that I will censor a little bit more than I would with my own children, just in case I have students that may not have been exposed to certain things. Also, some school districts are a lot more reserved than others and I would not want to get in trouble with the school either. What do you think?