Rhett Felix is a first-year government and law teacher in central Illinois who decided to spice up his class with some clips from everyone's favorite fake news series, The Daily Show. (Maybe because, honestly, what high-school sophomore would care even the tiniest bit about "the issue of health insurance discounts for exercising" otherwise?) Unfortunately this didn't go over too well in his conservative community, because Felix was suspended for six days and will be reassigned to a class that hasn't been traumatized by those dirty, sexual, liberal comedy segments. (Another clip focused on the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal.)

Though the Superintendent won't say specifically what Felix did to merit the suspension except for "violate school policy," an executive session of the school board was held this week after parents complained about this progressive demon corrupting their little angels. (Perhaps in less ornate language.) But the Mayor of the town, Scott Punke, thinks this is all well and good:

"I did [support the suspension], because of the language and the sexual overtones that were included in the show that were being shown to sophomores in high school," Punke said. "Many of the children don't even have TVs in their houses because of religious beliefs."

..."We're a very conservative community here in the city of Eureka," Punke said of the town about 30 miles northwest of Bloomington. "Certainly politics are playing a part, but my main concern is they are showing inappropriate material with language and dealing with sex to minors in a school setting."

While I can see how the idea of a teacher using TV shows in class could spark some reasonable concerns — if, say, the clips were being used instead of/without discussion or critique — it seems silly to ban a viewpoint for being too liberal. (Sexual, I could see.) And not just because I happen to be liberal; I just find it cute that these parents think fifteen-year-olds actually care that much about anything a teacher tells them.

Commentarium (16 Comments)

Nov 18 11 - 8:58pm
S

Now that's some good old fashioned sheltering, right there.

Kinda wish someone's parent had spoken up when our 9th grade socials teacher was incompetently trying to fast-forward through the dirty parts of The Jesuit.

Nov 18 11 - 9:19pm
Betty

My school pooled together grades 4-6 and I remember we once watched "Captain Ron" for some special occasion (probably day before a break). Our teacher fast forwarded through the shower scene ... I also watched "Pretty Woman" when I was 12 with a church group ... I bet neither of those would have been okay in Eureka.

Nov 18 11 - 9:45pm
Akerue

What a laughably oxymoronic situation: the adults concerned here live in a place called Eureka. A term used to celebrate a breakthrough/increase in conscious awareness, is given to a place that has the adults battening down the hatches against any such (unapproved of) breakthroughs/increasing of conscious awareness within their kids ('kids' who're well past the age(-range) where any normal adult would agree certain things, for the time being, would be better kept out of their scope of awareness).

Someone needs to make a pitch they rename their town with the word spelt backwards.

Nov 18 11 - 11:48pm
ggg

The one time when the use of the term ironic would have been correct and it wasn't used; no this is ironic since irony is more correct then oxymoron :/

Nov 19 11 - 10:48pm
Akerue

@ggg - not to undermine your day in the sun, but when morons are involved, I'll always trying to wedge oxy in there somehow. I just like the synchronistic aspect to it in said situation. :)

Nov 19 11 - 8:47am
Kel

I feel sorry for these overprotected kids and their frightened, self-righteous parents. It'll be tough on Mom and Dad if/when the kids finally grow up and rip off their blindfolds.

Nov 20 11 - 12:21am
Observer

Yes, it's up to the schools to raise those kids, dammit! Who's responsible for those kids anyway - the schools or the parents?

Nov 27 11 - 1:18pm
Hopefully

not you.

Nov 19 11 - 11:00am
The Angry American

Indoctrination! Indoctrination! Schools should have a feed of Fox News Channel only for their news and information. These poor kids subjected to a hatemonger like Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central cohorts may never recover from this stain on their educational experience.

Nov 19 11 - 6:08pm
Dee

So wise, so true.

Nov 20 11 - 12:21am
Observer

Maybe the kids could learn Stewart's Herman Cain "black" voice! Now that would be some funny racism, Stewart-style!

Nov 27 11 - 1:17pm
So they would

learn to sound like an Italian guy from Queens? Because Stewart only uses that voice, you FOX watching moron.

Nov 19 11 - 1:52pm
Angie

Actually, Daily is in good company. Not too long ago the same school system made world wide news by banning the Canterbury Tales

Nov 19 11 - 8:25pm
Pollywog

Who Murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery
by Terry Jones (and a bunch of academics)