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Teacher shows "Virgin" movie and Bando's wife gets him fired. Yea or nay?

Old 01-29-06, 10:57 PM
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Teacher shows "Virgin" movie and Bando's wife gets him fired. Yea or nay?

I haven't had a yea or nay thread in awhile and I know everyone's been missing them. Right?

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‘Virgin’ movie doesn’t translate for education

Kentucky teacher suspended for showing popular film in Spanish class



LEXINGTON, Ky. - A school has decided that showing the R-rated movie “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” is not an appropriate high school Spanish lesson.

Fernando Del Pino was suspended with pay Tuesday for showing the movie to students at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School a day earlier, said Lisa Deffendall, spokeswoman for Fayette County Public Schools. He resigned Thursday.

Del Pino, who was hired in August, said he decided to show the film after a student brought it to class and said it “was very funny,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The movie is about a 40-year-old single man whose friends try to help him gain experience in sex.

Parents of Tates Creek students must give written permission for their children to watch an R-rated movie at school, according to the school’s video policy. Students whose parents object must be given alternative assignments.

The policy also states that the videos or movies “must be part of the lesson plan with genuine instruction objectives.”


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The story doesn't mention Bando's wife but I have it on good authority that she is not pleased with the movie and had a hand in his firing.


For the record, with his decision making skills it's probably best if he's not shaping teenager's minds. Next thing we'd be reading about him having sex with a student and that's only okay if it's a female teacher.

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He should be fired even if it was rated G. The movie has nothing to do with Spanish class.
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Maybe if he showed "Spanglish" it would have been okay? I'm not sure since I haven't seen that one.


The craziest my Spanish teacher got in high school was playing the Spanish version of the Captain and Tennille album "Love Will Keep Us Together" AKA
"Por Amor Viviremos".


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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
He should be fired even if it was rated G. The movie has nothing to do with Spanish class.
Maybe they were going to watch it with Spanish subtitles? Because, you know, that's the only film I could think of that would allow you to learn Spanish that way.
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He wasn't fired, he wasn't suspended. You'd know that if you spent less time in Spanish class, and more time in English.
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In other words, he got a paid vacation. Some punishment.
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Hmmmm ... violation of copyright? I think so.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
He wasn't fired, he wasn't suspended. You'd know that if you spent less time in Spanish class, and more time in English.


You win the observation award! I was wondering how long until someone told me he wasn't fired.

However the second part of your first sentence also shows a comprehension issue. For shame.
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Suspended <> fired.

Shouldn't necessarily have been fired (which, it seems, he wasn't), but should have been suspended without pay. Showing popular entertainment - even if it's not R rated - is firstly a likely copyright violation (which can get the school into trouble) and secondly pretty much a poor learning tool (since when is the 40yo virgin a spanish language "learning" tool?).

The fact that it was R-rated, showed that the teacher was not only lazy, but pretty stupid to boot.
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I can understand showing a popular movie with spanish dubs/subs, but this is not one I would have chosen.
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A better choice:

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How could anyone stand to watch that filth?
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A better choice:

The article didn't say this was a Catholic school.
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Hmmmm ... violation of copyright? I think so.
Not really.
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I thought it was this movie:

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How could anyone stand to watch that filth?

Thank you for neither confirming or denying Mrs. Bando's involvement in this matter.
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
I thought it was this movie:







That was my exact same thought.


I emailed the link to a friend and told him that. LAV is one of his favorite films and he watched it about 20 times when it came out.
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It does not fall under educational fair use unless it plays a part in planned and sensible curriculum. I think in the story that it is made clear that this is not the case and everyone is simply speculating that they were even using the spanish tracks.
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I think it would be okay to use a popular movie in Spanish class, as long as they use the Spanish subtitles. However, he was stupid in his selection.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
I haven't had a yea or nay thread in awhile and I know everyone's been missing them. Right?
Nay.
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I haven't had a yea or nay thread in awhile and I know everyone's been missing them. Right?



Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Yea.


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I agree with the punishment he got. What was this guy thinking? I can see the point of trying to get students to learn a language through a movie (though maybe a Spanish-language movie would have been a better choice). But this movie? Jeez, what an idiot. If nothing else, he clearly broke the rules by showing an R-rated movie without parental permission and deserves the suspension. I'm assuming they watched 40YOV with either Spanish subs or a dub track. If not -- well, in that case the guy is so supremely stupid that I don't think he should be teaching anyone.
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