Some money quotes:
"School Board members adopted a three-point policy that says teachers who want to show the movie must ensure that a "credible, legitimate opposing view will be presented," that they must get the OK of the principal and the superintendent, and that any teachers who have shown the film must now present an "opposing view." "
"The policy, titled "Controversial Issues, Teaching of," says in part, "It is the teacher's responsibility to present controversial issues that are free from prejudice and encourage students to form, hold and express their own opinions without personal prejudice or discrimination." "
And from the idiot parent who nixed the video:
"From what I've seen (of the movie) and what my husband has expressed to me, if (the movie) is going to take the approach of 'bad America, bad America,' I don't think it should be shown at all," Gayle Hardison said. "If you're going to come in and just say America is creating the rotten ruin of the world, I don't think the video should be shown."
Well, sometimes a cigar IS just a cigar, and America CAN be "bad" in the sense that it's willfully oblivious to fact when it doesn't jibe with its intentions, and maybe this person's kids would be better off knowing this. Now there's an alternative view for this particular person to consider - that sometimes America might, just MIGHT, be, you know, WRONG about something.
Ye gods and little fishes.
ETA: How about THIS? WOuld the opinion one of the most eminent scientists of our time weigh more than Al Gore? Or could it possibly, just possibly, be just the MESSAGE that's unwelcome...?