There’s an obvious solution to these types of lawsuits:
A [twelve-year-old] girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated film “Brokeback Mountain” in class.
Whether or not Brokeback Mountain is appropriate for a twelve-year-old is valid decision for parents. Here, it was probably stupid. Of course, seeking $500,000 in damages is also stupid.
Ultimately, I don’t care about the details. This is more important.
“It is very important to me that my children not be exposed to this,” said Kenneth Richardson, Turner’s guardian. “The teacher knew she was not supposed to do this.”
“This was the last straw,” he said. “I feel the lawsuit was necessary because of the warning I had already given them on the literature they were giving out to children to read.”
End public provision of education. Allow parents to educate their children at the private school of their choice and the odds that parental wishes won’t be honored will decrease. I don’t think it’s a big deal if a kid sees an occasional curse word in literature, but I understand that not all parents agree. Different parents want different amounts of cultural scrubbing. So, yeah, one size doesn’t fit all. Let’s have that guide us, not whether or not Jake Gyllenhaal’s ass is educational.