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I guess the key point here is Thomas's note that "all students are
grown-ups." Mine aren't. Many of them are from rural areas who have never
lived away from home before and who have not had the benefits of big-city
life. The other issue is the protectiveness that the administrations of
large public universities here feel toward their students (the "in loco
parentis" doctrine), which often means that, in the case of a conflict
between a teacher and the student/parents, the administration will support
the student.

That said, I don't want to give the impression that I only include PG films
in my courses. I just try to be thoughtful about the films that I select.

Sandy Camargo
Department of English
University of Missouri


>Dear all,
>
>as a teacher at a german university, it is interesting for me to follow
>this discussion and to learn about the differences concerning teaching.
>Actually, I was surprised by the fact, that american teachers have to
>take such issues into consideration while planning a course.
>Concerning this issue I would take  a strong stand for academic freedom.
>No one is forced to join my courses and all students ar grown-ups - so I
>see no reason to restrict my choice of films to PG-rated movies.
>Especially, this would make impossible to teach anything about
>pornography, horror or similar genres. And it would also exclude films by
>Carolee Schneeman, Kenneth Anger, Nagisa Oshima, etc.
>
>Actually, a student who complains about including films into a course
>that display graphic violence, nudity or that contain explicit language
>(the majority of movies beloning to one category or the other) seems to
>be the equivalent to a medical student who refuses to treat burnt
>victims, because it is "too gross". This would be ridiculous.
>
>This may sound a bit naive and it certainly shows that, up to now, I have
>been largely unconcerned with this issue. But I would like to hear other
>opinions advocating a greater sensibility concerning these issues.
>
>Thomas Morsch
>Film Dept.
>Freie Universitaet Berlin
>Germany
>
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