One kid can ruin it all...

<p>So, usually after AP tests, teachers let their students who have worked hard all year and busted their butts to the point where they couldn't even use the restroom anymore watch movies and play games for the rest of the year. And that's what happened in AP World History last year, and what was going to happen this year in AP Literature and AP U.S. History.</p>

<p>So anywho, I walk into school today ready to watch another movie in my 1st period history class, and my teacher says we aren't watching a movie. Apparently, some stupid kid from an HONORS class had their mom/dad complain to the school saying that they were watching too many movies, many of which had perfect reason to be watched in any class, such as:</p>

<p>Moby Dick
Death of a Salesman
The Majestic
and a few others like that</p>

<p>There were only a couple of exceptions (Finding Nemo was mentioned, though it does have the hero cycle, and Zoolander was mentioned, but it was the only one without possible purpose). So the parents threatened that unless our school really crack down on the movie watching, then that parent will release the names of the teachers and our school and the movies watched to the Orlando Sentinel once the girl (which I have no clue who it is) graduates from high school.</p>

<p>We were able to begin watching The Great Gatsby in AP Lit today, but seriously, that movie sucks. We would be watching something a lot better, but no, some stupid person and her parents had to go ruin it for everyone. I mean seriously, as AP students we have EVERY RIGHT to watch movies that require little or no thought as we put more thought into one paper than most people do in entire semesters. And this definitely ruined my idea of watching Spaceballs, because my lit teacher said that though it is a parody, which was my reason for getting it to slide by, it's a parody of Star Wars, something that isn't connected to our class. So it's too iffy right now so basically this stupid person ruined it. Now we're going to be watching movies of books with bad acting, and other movies that actually require thought to understand, like Les Miserables. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that movie, I understand it's really great and all, but not the mindless or at least semi-mindless movie I had envisioned watching these last two weeks of school.</p>

<p>I guess there is still some hope though, because War of the Worlds is still watchable according to my teacher, along with Harry Potter. History is what I'm really worried about though, because my teacher isn't as good as stretching the merit of these movies especially under all this new pressure. I don't think I'll be able to get Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure to slide...</p>

<p>Find the rat and squish her. It's the only way.</p>

<p>^^I would do the same thing...</p>

<p>haha I love Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. "Look up's under So-crates."</p>

<p>But yeah, that sucks dude. But not that bad...I mean, it could be worse. We are still doing work in APs until Sr.'s get out May 31st.</p>

<p>our AP kids have to learn through the year, just like everyone else... our seniors don't, but they've earned it. i don't know how it is at your school, but AP classes aren't much different than honors at our school, the only difference pretty much is studying for the AP exams</p>

<p>Watch "Dick." It's about Watergate. My favorite movie. lol</p>

<p>thats a dirty word</p>

<p>your very existence is dirty, but you didn't hear that from me.</p>

<p>so is lilmissthang...very vague to me.</p>

<p>Yea, I guess it could be worse, but then again it could be better if there wasn't some rat.</p>

<p>At our school our AP classes are designed to prepare you for the exam, which is treated as your final. Technically our teachers are supposed to keep doing grades and give us an actual final, but that usually ends up being worksheets on a couple of the movies, and a opinion-based final. We started way back on August 4th, and our school gets out the 24th (seniors get out Friday if they're exempt from exams, graduation the 19th). I guess if you live up north and don't get out until the middle of June it's harder to have movies cover a month's time, but here it is only a couple weeks between the AP exam and the end of school (way less for seniors) so what's the point of doing something for that short amount of time? That does suck for all you that have to keep working though, I'll keep that in mind when I feel like complaining about this some more!</p>

<p>That sucks man. Kids in my school are doing nothing after taking the APs.</p>

<p>Yeah I guess if you get out earlier then watching movies shouldn't be a problem. My last week will be filled with spades, charades, movies, RISK, and other excellent games :) it's no like i have to do work forever, just till the end of the month.</p>

<p>I know in Bio, we will be taking a field trip to go look at cadavers...whoooo!</p>

<p>sounds like an amazing field trip, shaddix.</p>

<p>Doesn't it! lol</p>

<p>I do know we have a project in AP Stat, but why can't the teacher just give it rest and pop in A Beautiful Mind.</p>

<p>Eeek, that's a bummer. I hate it when one person ruins everyone else's legitimate fun...</p>

<p>That's my favorite movie. I cried for like 20 minutes at the end. (yeah, "Dick" is funny, but you can't beat "Life is Beautiful"..)</p>

<p>buongiorno principessa! aww..except i don't speak italian</p>

<p>a kid's parents called the school last year about a teacher, partially regarding the same stuff, but also dealing with he use of profaniety, he lack of lesson plans, etc....b*stards.</p>

<p>well, i guess they were sort of right, since he was fired for having a student move in with him (they're still together...needless to say she's homebound for the rest of sr yr)...but still, stupid parents and their complaints.</p>

<p>That was a pretty retarded thing to do. Hire a Mafia hit-man and remove her from the rolls...;)</p>

<p>I "found" my favorite movie in AP History during one of these movie marathons (The Power of One...if you haven't seen it, check it out!).</p>

<p>Now, I have to say that was a great movie and it was a welcome break. BUT, I didn't like having to watch Full Metal Jacket during class on a another set of days. </p>

<p>If the movies are appropriate, I don't see a huge problem with showing them. But, you never know when some content that you find fine will be objectionable to someone else, so you have to be careful.</p>