Should middle schoolers be able to watch r rated movies in school that go along with books they read
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I am guessing you are in an advanced seventh grade language arts class in which you have read "The Lord of the Flies", or are in relations with someone who is, since you seem so specific. It is true that this book has some pieces that can escape the reader (I have read it before) but the same can go for any classic literature. The reason that these kids are in "advanced" language arts classes should be that they can visualize and perceive things in the language arts field better than others that are of the same age. And the school has probably not changed the books they choose to give or the curriculum that is taught in the class recently, meaning others before that class have succeeded in the class without the use of rated R movies. And if some people have had trouble visualizing certain aspects of a book or missed some information the book was trying to give, then the class can always have a group discussion and/or debate.
But let's say that it does help some groups of people with information better than a discussion or other means. Let's also suppose that most students have been subjected to sexual and or violent speech or activities. But I want to clarify "most". If even a few (maybe one or two of the socially awkward, mentally unstable, or innocent) kids do not understand what should or should not be emulated from a film, they may make dangerous decisions that could effect them and those around them.
Let's look at a few book movie examples, and try to apply conclusions that may happen in real life: The Great Gatsby is a book shown in many school facilities and considered one of the greatest pieces of literature ever created. This certain example contains many heinous acts including (but not limited to) violence (in revenge and anger), adultery, racism, alcohol abuse, suicide, peer pressure, lying for personal gain, and domestic violence. What if a child sees a movie based on this book and takes lessons from it? What if the child now thinks murder is "okay" as long as it is for vengeance? What if the child thinks that it is "alright" to commit acts of racism or domestic violence because it was shown in a film they've seen? What if a person feels guilty, like the character George, and decides after watching the film that the only way he can repent is to take his own life?
Let's look at another example: The Diary Of A Young Girl (The Diary Of Anne Frank) is a piece of literature considered to be an important memoir of history (I read this in my middle school). It contains acts of prejudice, hate crimes, and all of the characters never have a happy ending. They all are found out and either killed or sent to awful concentration camps. This gives a sense of worthlessness to children, like all their efforts could be destroyed and wasted at any given time. This can cause depression in students, and lead to unwanted and uncertain side-effects. Not only this, but the prejudice shown in the book, when read by children, can lead to more prejudice (such as a person harassing another who is of Germanic descent).
Or we can even use the example you have given us: The Lord Of The Flies, another book considered a masterpiece built on two conflicting philosophies that are both equally wrong. And the only person who is morally innocent and correct and could have brought the two parties together (Simon) is killed first before anyone else. This can again make the good decision look like it has consequences that children would not want to take. This book also contains bullying of Piggy, the most "intelligent" of the group, who also dies. This can show that being the odd-one-out or being the smartest-man-in-the-room can lead to harsh outcomes. Not to mention the thing that this book and movie contains the most of is violence. There are children committing acts of murder, abuse, assault, harassment, and overall being savages. And no repercussions are given to these children by adults at all. This can promote a feeling of "if no one is watching I can do whatever I want and not be punished". This is a horribly wrong and immoral lesson to teach children who may not know better.
Although these are all hypothetical conclusions, again I want to state that these things could happen. The chance that movies shown in middle schools does have one of these effects could lead to the of endangering the students and their acquaintances. The risk of something happening greatly outweighs the need of a student to perceive every detail a book contains, especially when there are other alternatives to do so.
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