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trippie
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posted 09 April 2007 08:49 PM      Profile for trippie        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I thought I dpost this her for eveyoneto read as I feel the mood in the world and especialy in the USA is one of frustration and every time the establishment tries to contain it , it fails...

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A high school play about the Iraq war, “Voices in Conflict,” was abruptly cancelled by the school administration in Wilton, Connecticut last month when a student whose brother was serving in Iraq circulated drafts of the play to parents and others in the community in order to get it shut down. After having supported the project of the advanced drama class for almost two months, the school’s principal, Timothy Canty, deemed the play “unbalanced” and potentially inflammatory for its presentation of the war in Iraq through the voices of US soldiers, as well as Iraqi youth who have experienced the war firsthand.

Wilton High drama teacher Bonnie Dickinson, who developed the play with the group of 15 students, described the objective of the play in an interview with the New York Times, saying it was meant to show “people close to the same age as the students who were experiencing very different things in their daily lives and to stand in the shoes of those people and then present them by speaking their words exactly in front of an audience.”

The play was compiled of direct quotes from the books In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive and Baghdad Burning; a documentary film, The Ground Truth; plus various web logs and other sources.


read the rest here.....

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/apr2007/conn-a10.shtml


From: essex county | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged
obscurantist
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posted 09 April 2007 09:38 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cool! In the midst of posting throwaway comments in a whole bunch of active threads (okay, I see it was only nine posts today, but somehow it seems like a lot more), you've found time to start a thread on an interesting topic.

There was also a column in the Rabble news section recently on this subject by Keith Gottschalk, so perhaps that might serve as a way of kicking off the discussion here.

Here in America, organized education is making sure our children know what kind of society they will have to live in and how they will be expected to “accept the things they cannot change.”

Three examples have hit the news recently.

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Not only was the performance banned in the school, but in typical overreaching fashion, Canty banned the theatre department from performing the play outside the school as well.

Of course, Canty's move was a typically stupid bureaucratic overreaction which had the predicted boomerang effect — a play that probably would have garnered little notice outside Wilton is now splashed all over the national media and Internet. Good job of keeping that lid on the controversy, Tim! ...

The Wilton story had wings largely because the students had access to the Internet, where one could actually read the various scripts of Voices of Conflict as well as the comments of students and bloggers about the controversy.

And that access to the Internet is also in the sights of various school administrators who understand that the Net is the biggest single threat to their job security and hopes of further career advancement as well as a threat to the kind of society they are helping to shape.

A Catholic grade school, St. Hugo of the Hills in affluent Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has banned its kindergarten through eighth grade students from having personal sites on MySpace, the popular networking site. ...

What is also interesting is that both private and public schools now feel their long arm of administrative control can reach far outside the classroom and into the private lives and activities of its students and their families. This is also consistent with the government's evolving view of its citizens.

In fact, there is a case current before the U.S. Supreme Court, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, which may give legal imprimatur on such reach. That case revolves around a student who unfurled a banner with the previously mentioned phrase, in a public place outside school hours and property but in a school sponsored activity.

I would bet that even though Christian legal groups are supporting the student's free speech rights (so Christian kids can have the same speech rights in schools) that the Court will, in the current fashion, rule in favour of control and authority. ...


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