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Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:02 AM

Mayor demands BoE resign over "porn" assignment



I'll admit I have a few very minor qualms about this myself, but the concept of "education" is a broad one, and I betcha half these seniors already know more abut sex than their teachers, or the mayor.

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Reply Mayor demands BoE resign over "porn" assignment (Original post)
TreasonousBastard Sep 20 OP
PoliticAverse Sep 20 #1
Ms. Toad Sep 20 #3
Ms. Toad Sep 20 #2
TreasonousBastard Sep 20 #4
Ms. Toad Sep 20 #7
no_hypocrisy Sep 20 #5
Ms. Toad Sep 20 #6
Volaris Sep 20 #9
NurseJackie Sep 20 #11
George II Sep 21 #12
NurseJackie Sep 21 #13
Cuthbert Allgood Sep 21 #17
NurseJackie Sep 21 #18
George II Sep 21 #19
Baitball Blogger Sep 20 #8
Ms. Toad Sep 20 #10
Cuthbert Allgood Sep 21 #16
Cuthbert Allgood Sep 21 #14
Captain Stern Sep 21 #15

Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:12 AM

1. "Write a sex scene that you wouldn't show your mom" - pretty much _any_ sex scene qualifies for that

one when you are in High School, right?

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:15 AM

3. It's a college level writing class

For high school seniors.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:14 AM

2. The course is a college level class.

(Senior year College Credit Plus writing class.) The prompts they choose to call out were the "juiciest.

Most were benign, and even the ones they called out could easily have been prompts from which scenes in any of the mystery books I've been reading could have been written.

The prosecutor pretty much laughed at the mayor. No charges will be filled.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:21 AM

4. I was wondering if he talked to a prosecutor-- which is where you go instead of a judge.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 10:16 AM

7. He went to a judge before he made a fool of himself at the meeting

Probably one who lived the street from him - I doubt it was a formal inquiry inquiry. Hudson is where all the rich, snooty folks live.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 06:17 AM

5. They're HS seniors.

What did the Mayor think they'd turn in? 50 Shades of Grey? Fannie Hill? Lady Chatterly's Lover?

Knowing how students write, I'd be thrilled if they wrote a cogent paragraph.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 10:10 AM

6. I'm teaching JD candidates,

And this prompt, plus the follow-up (to rewrite it to one that you would show your parents) is exactly what I wish these students had had more practice with before they landed in my lap. And if he content is a bit racy get their attention, they might be interested enough to do a good job.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 03:16 PM

9. 50 shades lol...

As a a high school sophmore, my daughter had better paragraph structure than what's in that book.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 03:49 PM

11. Maybe the Mayor feared that they'd turn in something that's dark and disturbing...

... for example, a woman fantasizing about being violently sexually abused by three men that would get published and haunt them the rest of their lives. But then again... it could be the beginnings of a retro black-and-white melodrama screenplay written in a pre-Hayes Code style, and starring a grand actress like Norma Shearer. I can easily see her over-acting and uttering these words: "You wanted me not as a woman, or a lover, or a friend, but as a submissive woman, or submissive friend, or submissive lover; and right now where my head is I balk at even the slightest suspicion of that kind of demand."

SHE WIPES HER TEARS AWAY. FADE TO BLACK.

EPILOGUE TEXT (SCROLLS ON SCREEN) "And they never again made love together (which they had each liked to do more than anything) or never ever saw each other one more time."

THE END (+ soft orchestral fanfare finale)






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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 10:31 AM

12. Anything in your screen play about lack of orgasms being a cause of cervical cancer?

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Response to George II (Reply #12)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 10:50 AM

13. Isn't that CRAZY?! Even M. Night Shyamalan isn't that fucked up.

It sounded strange, so I did a quick google search. I found this in an essay headlined "Cancer, Disease and Society": "The manner in which you bring up your daughter with regard to sexual attitudes may very well determine whether or not she will develop breast cancer, among other things." "How much guilt, nervousness have you imbued in your daughter with regard to sex?"

The essay cites studies suggesting a relationship between "inhibited sexuality" and cancer risks. "In other words, did women who develop breast cancer have certain similar psychological traits which might lead one to see a connection between emotional health and cancer," the author wrote.

Fortunately, I also read that the science on this point is clear. "There is no relationship between stress or emotions, and 'getting' cancer," one expert said.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 12:39 PM

17. I think the crazy part is

that you two think you are clever with dragging this into the discussion of the OP. I mean, it doesn't shock me, but, still. Time to let it go.

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Response to Cuthbert Allgood (Reply #17)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 03:06 PM

18. A hundred times a day subthreads diverge from the OP's topic.

This is nothing new. Who cares? If anyone isn't interested in the subthread, then they should keep scrolling and ignore it.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #18)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 03:53 PM

19. That video and everything else makes me:

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 10:16 AM

8. Is everyone assuming that every high school student has had sex?

This would be very difficult to write for young people who haven't crossed that line, or even those who have and are not ready to talk about it.

I say a massive no. Not in the high school levels on down.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 03:24 PM

10. This is a college class made available to high school seniors via an arrangement

with a local college.

The prompt complained about was one of 642 of prompts in the book.

In order to take the class, parents of the children involved had to grant consent:

“Application for the course includes parental acknowledgment of a college environment that may include themes or content not found in a more controlled secondary school environment,”


This is the book: https://www.amazon.com/Things-Write-Francisco-Writers-Grotto/dp/1452105448

Here are 100 of the 642 prompts: http://ryanjurewiczedu390.pbworks.com/f/WritingPrompts.pdf

The bulk of it is real controversial stuff.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 12:33 PM

16. Are we assuming that the sex prompts were used?

Because I don't think there's any indication that they were. Maybe, just maybe, the teacher was good enough to pick from the over 600 prompts in the book those that would give the students something to write about.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 11:03 AM

14. I believe not everything in the book was assigned.

And the book was just used as a resource and not a textbook that all students

But, as mentioned above, this was a college class taught at the high school. Get over yourself.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Original post)

Tue Sep 21, 2021, 11:57 AM

15. So many Francis's, and so much lightening up to be done.

The mayor sounds very tough.

He's like Clint Eastwood, playing Clint Eastwood in a movie about Clint Eastwood.

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