These days, tons of young people learn about the news from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. And that’s a good thing – you won’t find too many media sources on television that are as incisive or intelligent as Stewart and his crew of writers. So it’s especially disheartening to see that a teacher in southern Illinois has been suspended for showing parts of The Daily Show in class.
Rhett Felix teaches government and law at Eureka High School and is now banned from his job for for six school days. The reason? The clips had language and sexual overtones (the segments dealt with Herman Cain’s sexual harassment scandal) that apparently would be too salacious for a high school sophomores to see.
“Many of the children don’t even have TVs in their houses because of religious beliefs,” Superintendent Randy Crump explained. “The three segments shown dealt with the sexual harassment allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and with the issue of health insurance discounts for exercising…We’re a very conservative community here in the city of Eureka. 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.”
Yes. Because 16-year-olds don’t swear or think about sex, ever.